May 21, 2022 10:30 pm

Alert: North Korea launched its most powerful missile since 2017

SEOUL.- The North Korean government seems to be “about to destroy the moratorium (on peace) that they declaredSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in warned in a statement after an emergency meeting of the country’s National Security Council. It is only the beginning of the concerns that South Korea is experiencing after the consequent tests of missiles that the Kim Jong Un government has launched into the South Korean East Sea, also called Sea of ​​Japan. The last rehearsal was yesterday, on the day of the amnesty in favor of those convicted of “crimes against the country and the people.” “There hasn’t been one (missile) this powerful” since 2017, say army spokesmen in Seoul.

Everything suggests that the “provocations”, as defined by the government of Moon Jae-in, they can continue, since the latest attempts at condemnation by the UN Security Council were stopped by China and Russia.

These tests Beijing 2022 Olympic Truce Snubbed and urges the formal reopening of the North Korean file stalled on the desk of US President Joe Biden, with the launch of an intermediate ballistic missile (IRBM for its acronym in English).

Japan’s top government spokesman, Hirokazu Matsuno, said the missile launched on Sunday “was one of intermediate or long range”.

Soldiers from the South Korean army patrol along a barbed wire fence in Paju, near the border with North Korea, in South Korea, on January 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon )

A US assessment found that the launch was most likely from a KN-17, also known as Hwasong 12, according to a US official with direct knowledge reported to CNN.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile had reached an estimated maximum height of 2000 km and would have walked a few 800 kilometers for half an hour.

This would indicate that Pyongyang has tested its “IRBM since 2017,” he wrote on his Twitter account. Joseph Dempsey, analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The last time the communist regime launched a similar projectile was in 2017, when a Hwasong 12 missile traveled 787 kilometers with a maximum height of 2,111 kilometers.

Analysts then indicated that, due to the trajectory of the missile, it could have reached a range of 4500 kilometers if it had used an angle that maximized its trajectory, with what could have come to the US territory of Guam, In the pacific.

People watch a file image of a newsreel related to a North Korean missile launch on a screen as they wait at the Seoul railway station in South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young- joon)
People watch a file image of a newsreel related to a North Korean missile launch on a screen as they wait at the Seoul railway station in South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young- joon)

Kim Jong-un advocated in December for maintain the country’s weapons development and, in January, he has witnessed some of the rehearsals and last week he visited an “important” ammunition factory. “Kim has been holding back her appetite to test and provoke,” he told AFP. Soo Kim, analyst at RAND Corporation.

Now, “the timing is perfect and North Korea’s continued missile launches launch another fireball into Washington’s already packed portfolio of foreign policy challenges,” she added.

Some experts also indicate the need for the regime to claim before the comments of the country’s weakness for the sinternational nations and the pandemic self-imposed lockdown, which sank trade with China, its great ally and economic supporter.

“The Kim regime listens to external discussions of its domestic weaknesses … It wants to remind Washington and Seoul that trying to overthrow it will be costly,” he said. Leif Easley, professor at Ewha University.

In 2017, North Korea’s latest frenzy of military tests ended up leading to a year later at the historic summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore. But after the collapse of the talks with Trump in 2019 in Hanoi, the negotiations between Pyongyang Y Washington they were paralyzed despite the sterile calls of the Joe Biden administration to resume them.

File image of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meeting at the inter-Korean border in June 2019
File image of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meeting at the inter-Korean border in June 2019AFP

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the United Nations, told the ABC program This Week that the launch is “provocative”, adding that the United States is “absolutely open to a diplomatic compromise without preconditions”. And he added that his objective would be to “end the threatening actions” that they are carrying out “against their neighbors.”

This series of tests comes at a delicate time for the region. Kim’s main ally, China, is preparing to open the Winter Olympics in Beijing in a few days and South Korea holds presidential elections in March.

And internally, North Korea is preparing to celebrate in February the 80th anniversary of the birth of Kim’s father, the late Kim Jong II, and the 110th birthday of his grandfather, the founder of the country Kim II Sung, in April.

AFP and AP Agency

Reference-www.lanacion.com.ar

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