South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says that North Korea has yet again test-fired almost three short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM). It is being said that the missiles were south of Pyongyang on Saturday.
As per CNN, Japan’s Defense Ministry informed that there were three ballistic missiles. All these missiles were of maximum altitude of about 62 miles (100 km) and a flight distance of about 217 miles (350 km).
All three missiles fell into the ocean of the Korean Peninsula, which is outside Japan’s EEZ.
This isn’t the first time North Korea has conducted military tests. In fact, the country has a long history of test-firing missiles, dating back to the 1970s.
In recent years, the country has ramped up its missile testing program, with several tests being conducted in 2017 alone.
The latest test-firing comes just days after the United States and South Korea announced they would be suspending joint military exercises in an effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
This move was seen as a goodwill gesture towards North Korea, as the country has long viewed the joint exercises as a threat to its security.
However, despite this gesture, North Korea seems to be unwilling to stop its missile testing program.
The country has been working to develop its missile capabilities for decades, and it is believed that it has a number of different types of missiles in its arsenal, including short-range, medium-range, and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The test-firing of the SRBMs is seen as a particularly concerning development, as these missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
While North Korea has not yet demonstrated the ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead to fit on an SRBM, it is believed that the country is working on this capability.
The United States and its allies have long been concerned about North Korea’s missile program, and have tried a number of different strategies to try to curb it. These have included economic sanctions, diplomatic efforts, and military threats.
However, despite these efforts, North Korea has continued to develop its missile program and has even conducted several successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which are capable of reaching the United States.
The test-firing of the SRBMs is seen as a clear violation of United Nations resolutions, which prohibit North Korea from conducting any missile tests.
The United States and its allies have strongly condemned the test-firing and have called on the international community to take action to address the situation.
There are several potential reasons why North Korea might be unwilling to stop its missile testing program. One possibility is that the country sees its missile program as a key part of its national defense strategy and is unwilling to give it up.
Another possibility is that the country is using its missile program as a negotiating tool, trying to leverage its capabilities in order to extract concessions from the United States and its allies.
Regardless of the cause, it is clear that North Korea is not stopping its missile testing anytime soon. This is a cause for concern for the United States and its allies, as it could lead to further tensions and even conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
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