May 31, 2023

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North Korea tests new missile, warns it is already capable of firing from a submarine

People watch a television broadcast of a news report about North Korea firing an unidentified missile

North Korea on Tuesday launched a missile fired from a submarine (SLBM, For its acronym in English) from its east coast, according to the South Korean military, in the most important scene of the regime’s military strength Kim Jong Un Since the inauguration of the President of the United States Joe Biden.

The announcement was made by officials from South Korea and Japan This came after US and South Korean ambassadors met in Washington on Monday to discuss the nuclear conflict with North Korea.. It was also reported that intelligence leaders from the United States, South Korea and Japan will meet in Seoul on Tuesday.

This will be the North Korean release Last weapons test in the country, Continued its military development in the face of international sanctions imposed by it Nuclear weapons and missile programs.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a file picture.  EFE / EPA / George Silva / Pool
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a file picture. EFE / EPA / George Silva / Pool

The missile was launched from the sea at 10:17 a.m. local time Near Sinpo, he said Joint Leaders Of (JCS) South Korea, Maintains North Korean submarines, as well as equipment for testing the firing of SLBMs.

It was not immediately clear whether the missile was fired from the submarine or whether the submarine was tested.As with most previous tests.

“Our military is closely monitoring the situation, maintaining a state of alert in close cooperation with the United States and preparing for possible further missiles.”JCS said in a statement.

South Korea’s National Security Council convened an emergency meeting and expressed “deep regret” over the test, urging the North to resume talks.

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South Korea’s strong response could anger North Korea, Seoul has accused Seoul of hypocrisy for criticizing North Korea’s weapons tests while expanding its own conventional military capabilities.

The Japanese military said in its initial analysis that North Korea fired two ballistic missiles. Chief Minister Fumio Kishida Authorities are investigating whether they were launched from a submarine.

Kishida returns to Tokyo later this month after interrupting and launching a campaign tour ahead of the Japanese assembly elections. He ordered his government to reconsider the country’s national security strategy to accommodate North Korea’s growing threats, including developing the ability to advance North Korean military targets.

“We cannot ignore North Korea’s recent developments in missile technology and its impact on the security of Japan and the region.”, Said.

Japanese Defense Minister, Nobuo Kishi, Said one of the North Korean missiles struck The maximum height is 50 km (30 miles) and flew “on irregular tracks” while traveling up to 600 kilometers (360 miles). Said The missile did not penetrate Japan’s exclusive economic zone Located outside its regional waters.

The exposed site of the missile launch was a ship building in Sinpo, a North Korea is a major defense industry center focusing on its submarine production. In recent years, North Korea has used Xinbo to develop ballistic weapons systems designed to fire from submarines.

North Korea has been working hard for years to acquire the capability to launch nuclear missiles from submarines., The next lynchpin of Kim Jong-un’s arsenal, includes a wide range of mobile missiles and ICBMs with the potential range to reach the United States.

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After launching at least two new submarine-capable missiles during military parades in 2020 and 2021, analysts expected North Korea to test such weapons again.. There are also indications that North Korea is trying to build a large submarine capable of carrying and striking multiple missiles.

Nevertheless, Experts say it will take many years, more resources and significant technological upgrades for a nation that is increasingly allowed to build multiple submarines that can travel peacefully at sea. And execute attacks reliably.

North Korea last tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile On October 2019.

North Korea launches at least two new submarine-capable missiles during military parades in 2020 and 2021 (REUTERS / Damir Sagolj)
North Korea launches at least two new submarine-capable missiles during military parades in 2020 and 2021 (REUTERS / Damir Sagolj)

Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs China, Wang Wenpin, said Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at a “critical juncture” And called for a renewed commitment to a diplomatic solution to the issue.

After a month-long break in September, North Korea has stepped up its weapons tests, Including a new naval missile capable of carrying nuclear warships and hypersonic development missiles. When making conditional peace offers to Seoul, Updating the system of pressuring South Korea to try to get what it wants from the United States.

The recently launched series and the launch of the rare Pyongyang military exhibition also signal it North Korea could resume its military and international operations after nearly two years of focus on its domestic policy due to the Kovit-19 epidemic.Chad O. Carroll, CEO said Korea Risk Group.


“It simply came to our notice then Between the summers of 2020 and 2021 the country‚Äôs worst domestic difficulties may have passedHe said on Twitter.

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US Special Envoy to North Korea Sung by Kim, He said he would come to Seoul for talks this week.

“US continues to approach Pyongyang to resume talks”Kim said this after meeting her South Korean counterpart in Washington on Monday. “We (North Korea) have no hostile intentions and we are ready to meet them without preconditions.”

Nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled for more than two years Due to differences of opinion regarding the easing of US-led sanctions against North Korea in exchange for Pyongyang’s nuclear disarmament measures.

Last week, Kim Jong-un oversees powerful missiles designed to launch nuclear strikes on the American continent He vowed to create an “invincible” army to deal with what he called during a military coup and constant hostility from the United States. Earlier, Kim had rejected US offers to resume talks without preconditions as a “tricky” attempt to cover up his hostility to the North.

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has said that North Korea’s latest launch will not pose an immediate threat to individuals, US territory or its allies.

(With Reuters and AB information)