North Korea’s Nuclear Capabilities Improving One Step At A Time
Friday saw the test launches of new types of advanced rocket missiles by the North Korean army in preparation to defend any type of attack by the U.S. and South Korean warships. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said, “This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting to attack North Korea and can be after used at will.”
The missiles serve as the fourth new missile system which North Korea has now introduced and successfully tested this year. This action sends a gutsy, mutinous message from the country, which proves it will continue to pursue a nuclear weapons program, that continues to rattle its neighbors and Washington.
The test was conducted in Kim Jong Un’s intendancy. the results were positive and missiles accurately detected and hit floating targets at sea after making circular flights.
However, North Korea’s statements alone are not enough to confirm the legitimacy of their own claims. The South Korean military claims that the North fired many projectiles off its east coast on Thursday morning. They flew nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles) before splashing down between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. This launch was observed after U.S. aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan left the waters, backing joint exercises with the South Korean navy.
Challenge For New South Korean President Moon Jae-in
The newly elected President of South Korea expressed his desire to improve relations with North Korea. He also wishes to expand cross-border civilian exchanges as a way to improve ties with their neighbor to the north, but North Korea on Monday rejected a Seoul civic group’s offer to serve the anti-malaria supplies in protest against South Korea’s support of fresh U.N. sanctions.
The enmity between the countries worsened when four North Korean fishermen were rescued by the South, with Moon also declaring that they would be allowed to stay in South Korea if they so wished. Two of them who wished to go back home were repatriated by the South.
Suggesting that North Korea could face further international isolation if it didn’t improve its relations with the south, Moon said, “We won’t back off even a single step and make any compromise on the issue of national security.”
The Bolivian U.N. Ambassador Sacha Llorentty Soliz who is the current U.N. Security Council president told the media on Thursday that he had not received any requests for a meeting to discuss the latest launches. These tests by the North Korean military marks North Korea’s goal to build a stronger nuclear and missiles program to stand up to the U.S. and South Korean hostility.
North Korea Equips Itself, Inch by Inch
North Korea arched a powerful new midrange missile which flew higher than any other missile previously tested, said experts in May. In the coming weeks, they also plan to launch a solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired on a shorter notice than liquid fuel missiles, and also what it described as a new “precision-guided” missile. Experts say it is designed with a maneuverable terminal stage meant to frustrate missile defense systems like the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that is currently being deployed in South Korea.
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