February 1, 2023

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“News to Beijing”: North Korea continues missile tests

“News to Beijing”
North Korea continues to test missiles

A few days ago, North Korea tested new cruise missiles. Now the country is throwing missiles back into the sea. The maneuver comes at a time when the Chinese foreign minister is visiting arch-rivals South Korea. According to experts, this is not a coincidence.

After the latest missile tests over the weekend, North Korea again launched two ballistic missiles into the sea. According to the South Korean military, the missile tests were carried out during a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Seoul. Analysts see the timing of the tests as a vague signal for Beijing, which is considered North Korea’s most important diplomatic ally and trading partner.

Seoul’s civil servants said the rockets were fired into the sea from the interior of the country. According to the South Korean military, they reached an altitude of 60 kilometers. “South Korean and US intelligence agencies are currently engaged in extensive analysis,” the statement said. Initially, no information was given about the range of the missiles.

North Korean expert Yang Moo Jin described the recent missile tests as “a call to Beijing to make North Korea’s indirect news and the Korean Peninsula a central issue on the Chinese agenda.” At the same time, Pyongyang wanted to prove its dominance on the Korean Peninsula.

Japan launches two ballistic missiles during recent North Korean weapons test. Prime Minister Yoshihit condemned the Suka test. It threatens “peace and security in Japan and the region.” Kyoto, a Japanese news agency, quoted the Coast Guard as saying that rockets had fallen into the sea outside Japan’s “exclusive economic zone.”

“Successful” trials over the weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, North Korea said it had tested a new “long-range missile.” According to the official news agency KCNA, the tests were “successful”. The missiles would fly over North Korean land and sea and hit targets at a distance of 1,500 kilometers.

Because of its nuclear and missile program, North Korea is subject to severe international sanctions, which harden the economy of the communist-led and often isolated country. UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing arbitrarily declared nuclear-armed missiles, which could carry a nuclear weapon depending on their design.

Talks between the United States and North Korea over the removal of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal have been suspended since the 2019 summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. Under US President Joe Biden, who has been in office since the beginning of the year, there has been no reconciliation between Washington and Pyongyang.

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