The Sunday Review
North Korea The company said that it had conducted Saturday’s intercontinental testing ballistic missile (ICBM), a Day earlier than its third-known test of the long-range Within a little over a year you will have your weapon.
Korean Central News Agency reported that a Hwasong-15 ICBM fired in a “surprise ICBM launching drill” Under the written instructions of Kim Jong Un
According to the KCNA, the missile flew for 989 km (614 miles) and lasted almost 67 minutes at an altitude 5,768.5 kilometers (3584 miles).
It said the test was proof of Pyongyang’s ability to launch a “fatal nuclear counterattack on the hostile forces” And “clear proof of the sure reliability of our powerful physical nuclear deterrent.”
Saturday’s test came after North Korea Warning: Friday “unprecedented strong responses” The United States and South Korea You can continue with military drills.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the missile landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone west of the northern main island of Hokkaido, sparking condemnation from the US.
The ICBM-test was North Korea’s third in a year.
North Korea A missile launched last March had a longer flight duration and took slightly more time to fly. This was the first time such a missile had been tested since 2017.
After another launch similar to the one in November, Pyongyang made an announcement the “test firing of a new kind” ICBMIt is also known as the Hwasong-17.
Yasukazu Hamada, Japanese Defense Minister, said that the Japanese defense minister had potential to reach America’s mainland. “The ICBM-class ballistic missile launched this time could have a range of over 15,000 km when calculated based on the flight distance of this ICBM,” Hamada stated in a statement. “It depends on the weight of the warhead, but in that case, the US mainland would be included in the range.”
North Korea tests The missiles are fired from high-altitude positions. The missiles could have been fired from a more flatter direction and would theoretically be able to reach the US continental.
The US government described Saturday’s missile launch as “a flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions,” Adrienne Watson, White House spokesperson for National Security Council said so.
“While [the US Indo-Pacific Command] has assessed it did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, or territory, or to our allies, this launch needlessly raises tensions and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region,” Watson stated. “It only demonstrates that the DPRK continues to prioritize its unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs over the well-being of its people.”
Watson stated that the US encourages other countries to follow its lead “to condemn these violations and call on the DPRK to cease its destabilizing actions and engage in serious dialogue.”
The Kim Jong Un Regime displayed almost 11 advanced ICBMs in a Pyongyang nighttime military parade earlier in the month in what was described by state media as the greatest display ever. North Korea’s “nuclear attack capability.”
Analysts believed that the missiles were Hwasong-17s.
Ankit Panda of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a nuclear policy expert. He stated that, if every missile was equipped with multiple nukes, it could provide enough volume for the United States to be overwhelmed. ballistic missile defenses.
Saturday’s test came after the North Korean Foreign Ministry lashes out at South and the United States Korea On Friday, they discussed their plans to participate in upcoming military exercises.
Washington Seoul According to the South Korean Defense Ministry, they will hold drills on the Pentagon’s nuclear top table next week. Allies will also hold drills on the Korean Peninsula next month.
North KoreaThe UN Security Council continued to press Pyongyang, and the UN Security Council made the same declaration. “as the United States wants.”
Kim Jong Un called in January “an exponential increase of the country’s nuclear arsenal” The highlighted items “necessity of mass-producing tactical nuclear weapons,” according to the country’s state media KCNA.
Kim demanded the establishment of a new “Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system,” According to the KCNA, they are capable of a quick nuclear counterstrike.