North Korean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology

The latest North Korean missile test may have less to do with developing its weapon technology with the United States and South Korean forces in the region to be able to attack at will. South Korean and Japanese officials said the suspected short-range Scud-type missile flew about 450 kilometres (280 miles) on Monday morning before landing in the Japanese maritime economic zone, sparking the usual reversal of the Washington conviction and Neighbours of the north.
This is the latest in a series of test launches by North Korea as it seeks to build nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the peak in the Americas, a pulse that places North Korea on the list of policy concerns Outside of Japan, Washington and Seoul.
North Korea already has an arsenal of reliable short-range missiles. While North Korean scientists could refine – for example, the development of a new short-term solid-fuel missile – the North test these smaller-range missiles much smaller than their less reliable and far-reaching missiles.
This highlights the possibility that North Korea hopes to use the test to demonstrate that it can achieve US targets near and far and highlight its pressure challenge facing the United States in its missile and nuclear programs, which included Vague threats of President Donald Trump and the arrival of Korean waters from the mighty United States Army team. Scuds are capable of attacking US troops in South Korea, for example, and the two new missiles tested earlier this month have potential ranges including Japan, Guam and even, according to some South Korean analysts Alaska.
The missile was launched in the coastal town of Wonsan, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It landed in Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone, which is about 200 nautical miles off the Japanese coast, said the secretary of Japanese Cabinet Chief Yoshihide Suga. He said there were no reports of damage to aircraft or ships in the area.
North Korea is still supposed to be several years from its goal of orienting the continental cities of the United States with nuclear ballistic missiles. South Korea said North Korea has carried out nine ballistic missile tests this year, including one in which four missiles were launched the same day.
The media-controlled state of North Korea made no immediate comment on Monday’s test but issued a statement, not to mention the launch, which accused Seoul and Washington of “worse” on the Korean peninsula by performing Joint military exercises and other reckless acts. ”
On Sunday, North Korea also said that the leader Kim Jong Un had looked at an independent test and approved a new type of anti-air guided weapons system. The report did not say when the test occurred. Korea’s official news agency quoted Kim as the commander responsible for mass-producing and deploying the system across the country to “completely ruin the enemy’s wild dream to control the air.”
Trump has alternated between belligerents and flattery in his public statements about North Korea, but his administration is still working to cement a policy of managing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
Launching on Monday was North Korea’s third ballistic missile launch since South Korean President Moon Jae-in was inaugurated on May 10. He expressed his interest in the development of civil exchanges with North Korea, but it is unclear whether he can push at any moment for a major reconciliation, while the North continues to move steadily in its nuclear and missile programs.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that “the provocation of North Korea ignoring repeated warnings from international society is absolutely unacceptable.”

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