North Korea resumes missile testing
According to the South Korean military, the regime launched two ballistic missiles in the North. Kim Jong Un announced a “new strategic weapon” for this year.
North Korea has again tested ballistic missiles. The regime is said to have fired two unidentified projectiles in an easterly direction from the port city of Wonsan in the North.
They were later identified as ballistic missiles. These are said to have flown over the Sea of Japan and crashed after 240 kilometres, 35 kilometres from Earth. The Ministry of Defense announced that the army is now checking whether other missiles have been launched. Japan also confirmed the weapon test and also spoke of ballistic missiles.
The missile launch is now being evaluated by South Korean and U.S. military personnel. Japan did not report any damage to aircraft or ships after the missile crash, but the defence ministry said North Korea’s repeated firing of ballistic missiles was a problem for the international community. The South Korean government was also “deeply concerned” about the actions of the North, which would increase military tensions.
The expert Kim Dong Yub from the Institute for Far East Studies in Seoul spoke of the type of rockets of a “roadworthy” rocket system with solid propulsion that the North Koreans had tested. He also considered a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher in the development stage to be the possible origin of the projectiles. Such weapons could outsmart other countries’ defence systems and hit targets in South Korea and Japan.