Seoul-North Korea successfully launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on Monday, saying that the missile test for the first time in six months and the intensifying military expansion competition between North Korea and South Korea on the Korean Peninsula It showed new signs to show.
In tests conducted on Saturday and Sunday, North Korean missiles attacked targets 1,500 km (932 miles) away after flying for more than two hours, according to North Korea’s official South Korean central news agency. It is said that the missile changed its trajectory and drew a circle before reaching the target.
A series of UN Security Council resolutions banned North Korea from developing or testing ballistic missiles, but not cruise missiles. Cruise missile tests by the North usually do not give as many alerts as their ballistic missile tests. State media also showed that state leader Kim Jong Un did not participate in the weekend tests, but he has usually overseen all major weapons tests in recent years.
Recent tests have shown that North Korea continues to improve its missile arsenal while nuclear disarmament negotiations with the United States are at a standstill. North Korea said on Monday that long-range cruise missiles are “very important strategic weapons” and are part of Kim’s weapons development goals at the January party convention.
The new missile provided another effective deterrent to North Korea in the face of “military exercises by hostile forces,” according to a statement from state media.
South Korea and the United States conducted a nine-day joint military exercise in August. Joint training by the two allies often encourages North Korea to carry out its own military exercises and weapons tests. North Korea’s tests were also conducted in the wake of signs that South Korea is rapidly increasing its weapons buildup.
South Korea successfully tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile this month. Authorities refused to provide details, but local media reported that SLBM was launched from the country’s newly built Ahn Changho-class attack submarine. North Korea began testing submarine-launched ballistic missiles in 2015 and reported “greatest success” the following year.
With little progress in international negotiations to prevent North Korea from increasing its weapons, South Korea has embarked on building stronger missiles and its own missile defense system to counter the North Korean threat. ..
In recent years, the United States has relaxed so-called missile guidelines that impose restrictions on the range and warhead weight of ballistic missiles that South Korea has been allowed to develop. After North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile in 2017, then-President Donald J. Trump lifted restrictions on the loading of Korean ballistic missiles. At the May meeting between President Biden and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, allies agreed to end the missile guidelines and allow South Korea to freely develop long-range missiles.
North Korea responded angry to the removal of missile regulations, saying it “clearly reminds us of US hostility.”
With the removal of restrictions, South Korea will retain its destructive power, North Korea possesses nuclear weapons, and its leadership will be able to target underground bunker hidden in the war, according to military analysts. You can build a ballistic missile with it.
When Mr Moon visited the Defense Development Agency of the Ministry of Defense last year, South Korea “developed a short-range ballistic missile with one of the largest warheads in the world.” Experts say a two-ton warhead can cover the entire North Korea.
When North Korea last conducted a missile test, it said on March 25 that it had launched a new ballistic missile with a 2.5-ton warhead. This month, South Korean news media reported that South Korea was developing more powerful weapons. It is a short-range ballistic missile with a payload of up to 3 tons.
The accumulation of Tit-for-Tat weapons has shown that rival troops are armed with increasingly powerful missiles that can fly farther, carry more destructive forces, and are more difficult to intercept. rice field.
“We will use deterrence and develop stronger, longer-range, more accurate missiles to achieve security and peace on the Korean Peninsula,” the South Pentagon said this month.
North Korea announced its latest missile test two days before China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with South Korea’s Chung Eui-yong in Seoul on Wednesday to stall bilateral relations and nuclear disarmament negotiations.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula surged in 2017, when North Korea tested three intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted its sixth underground nuclear test, leading to sanctions from the United Nations. After testing, the country claimed its ability to target the continental United States with nuclear warheads.
Mr. Trump met with Mr. Kim three times between 2018 and 2019, but the two leaders were unable to reach an agreement on sanctions and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
At the military parades in October and January last year, North Korea unveiled what it looks like as a newly developed intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missile. The United Nations nuclear oversight agency said last month that the country seems to have reopened nuclear reactors at major nuclear facilities.
However, North Korea has been refraining from testing ICBMs and nuclear weapons since 2017. No new weapons were used in the latest military parade on Thursday to commemorate the government’s 73rd anniversary.