North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un
The South Korean military reported that North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday. the artifact traveled 600 kilometers with a peak of about 60 km before falling into the sea.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff detected the launch at 6:53 local time, which would have been carried out from Taechon County, in the northwest of the country, according to South Korean and US intelligence authorities, who continue to analyze the launch to clarify other details.
The move followed rumors circulating in recent days that South Korean officials had detected signs that their northern neighbor was preparing to test a missile that can be launched from a submarine.
Likewise, the launch took place after the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and its strike group arrived in Seoul this Friday as a warning to Pyongyang about the use of nuclear weapons, after the regime’s approval of a new law aimed at authorizing the use preventive of weapons under certain conditions.
Military intelligence in Washington and Seoul suspects that Pyongyang has been ready for this maneuver for months, which would be the seventh underground nuclear detonation at its Punggye-ri test center, in the northeast of the country.
March 24, 2022 Kim Jong Un sees the test of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (REUTERS)
By 2022, North Korea has significantly increased its missile tests, to the point where it has already conducted more than 30 on ballistic weapons – including its first intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017. Thus, it continues to expand its arsenal, increasing its military capacity and planting a more aggressive nuclear one.
Likewise, the launch occurred after the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier arrived in Seoul this Friday as a warning to Pyongyang about the use of nuclear weapons, after the regime’s approval of a new law aimed at authorizing the preventive use of weapons in certain conditions.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, which is in the port of Busan, will conduct exercises with the country’s navy. The missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville, the Aegis-equipped destroyer USS Barry and the nuclear-powered submarine USS Annapolis will take part in the exercises alongside it.
The US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group arrived at the South Korean port of Busan on Friday (REUTERS)
These exercises are the first after five years and their main objective is to send a message to North Korea, disconnected from the dialogue on disarmament since the pandemic began and engaged in a weapons modernization plan.
The last time the ship docked on the peninsula was in September 2017, in the midst of an escalation of tension after the last North Korean nuclear test to date.
In May of this year, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, had met and agreed that Washington would deploy strategic assets on the Korean peninsula “in a coordinated manner and when necessary” based on Pyongyang’s actions. .
Also earlier this year, the North conducted a series of tests on nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, which can reach both the continental United States and South Korea.
The moves follow Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent warnings that he will use nuclear weapons to defend his territory. Faced with Moscow’s statements, multiple Western countries spoke out against it and even the United States sent private warnings to the country.
For his part, weeks ago, The New York Times revealed a US intelligence report that states that Russia is buying weapons and ammunition from North Korea, as a result of the sanctions that were imposed on Moscow and Putin’s need to face the offensive in Ukraine.
A New York Times report revealed that Russia is buying weapons and ammunition from North Korea (REUTERS)
(With information from AP)
The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier arrived in Seoul as a clear warning to Pyongyang about the use of nuclear weaponsThe United States has sent private warnings to Russia against the use of nuclear weaponsNorth Korea approved a law that allows pre-emptive nuclear strikes