Mini-Arms Race On Korean Peninsula
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On Spetember 15, 2021, both North and South Korea have tested ballistic missiles hours apart from each other, highlighting an arms race on the Korean Peninsula as nuclear talks with the North remain stalled. According to Korean Affairs Analyst, Victor Cha, this is what some refers to as “low intensity provocation”, but this long-range cruise missile test is still quite serious because it is a new type of cruise missile that North Korean refers to as strategic weapon with potential to become nuclear missile. As North Korea’s widespread malnutrition that may lead to a potential repeat of North Korea’s 1990 famine, perhaps the ballistic missile test is a way to raise the price of entry when negotiating with U.S. Much speculations remain.
North Korea fired two ballistic missiles and hours later South Korea tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile. In North Korea’s test, the short-range missiles flew around 800 km (500 miles) at maximum altitude of 60 km. They were launched from central inland areas of the country and flew east towards the Sea of Japan (aka the East Sea). In the mean time, Seoul said it conducted its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test. South Korea has become the seventh country on planet earth with this advanced technology. South Korean President Moon Jae-in cited nuclear-armed North Korea’s activities is the reason for South Korea to develop better missiles. However, the test of the missile known as SLBM (Submarine-launched ballistic missile) was pre-planned and not as a reaction to the North Korea’s latest launches. Nevertheless, it does indicate that there is an arms race in the Korean Peninsula that every one needs to pay attention to. In the video published on Sep. 15, 2021, “North and South Korea in ‘arms race’ as both test ballistic missiles – BBC News“, below:
North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles hours apart from each other on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The North fired two ballistic missiles across its east coast and hours later South Korea tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile. The North’s ballistic missile test violates UNSC resolutions that bar Pyongyang from engaging in any ballistic missile activities. Its test also came on the day of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s meeting with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In, held to discuss the North’s nuclear issue. Pyongyang’s tests also come amid rising diplomatic pressure on it to give up its nuclear program by the U.S., in the video published on Sep. 15, 2021, “Amid North Korea’s missile test volley, South Korea’s ballistic rocket warning to Kim Jong Un“, below:
U.S. and North Korea have been in conflict with each other over Pryogyang’s nuclear program. U.S. wants North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for sanction relief. But North Korea has refused U.S.’s demands. North Korea has ICBM’s (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles), capable of reaching nearly all of Western Europe and about half of U.S. mainland. Some believe that this could be the beginning of some talks between U.S. officials and DPRK (North Korea) counterparts.
North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, state media said on Monday, in the video published on Sep. 13, 2021, “North Korea tests new long-range missile – BBC News“, below:
North Korea has announced the successful launch of a newly developed long-range cruise missile, in its first missile test in six months. “This is what some have referred to as a low intensity provocation because it wasn’t a ballistic or nuclear test, but it’s still quite serious,” Victor Cha tells Andrea Mitchell. “It’s a new type of cruise missile. The North Koreans referred to it as a strategic weapon, which signals they may be trying to make it a nuclear cruise missile.” in the video published on Sep. 13, 2021, “North Korea Testa New Long-Range Cruise Missile“, below:
Even as America reels from the significant military and political loss in Afghanistan, another rogue state has started piling pressure on the nation. North Korea claimed to have tested new long-range cruise missiles on September 11 and 12. The tests, claimed to be successful by North Korean state media, came just days after leader Kim Jong Un presided over a military parade on the nation’s 73rd founding day. His physical appearance at the parade became a matter of discussion as he appeared much slimmer than before. The US military called the North Korean tests a threat to the country’s neighbours like Japan and South Korea, which are American allies. Pyongyang is heavily dependent on the USA’s challenger China. Watch the full video for more, in the video published on Sep. 13, 2021, “Missile test: USA on edge over China ally North Korea’s weapon demo days after Kim Jong Un’s parade“, below:
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