For the first time since the new US President Joe Biden took office, North Korea has carried out a missile test.
The crazy Kim ignites again!
Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles on Sunday, a US government official said on Tuesday. South Korea’s military spoke of cruise missiles.
UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles, which, depending on their design, can also carry nuclear warheads. However, tests of cruise missiles are not subject to sanctions against North Korea.
Unlike ballistic missiles, cruise missiles have their own permanent propulsion system.
In any case, the projectiles were fired on the North Korean west coast and flew towards China. They were detonated just a few days after the visit of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in South Korea, it said.
When asked about the activity in North Korea by reporters, US President Joe Biden said: “We have learned that not much has changed.”
North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un recently described the United States as the country’s “greatest enemy”. The US has 28,500 soldiers stationed in South Korea and a significant military presence in Japan.
In recent years, Kim had relied on a rapprochement with Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump in order to have sanctions that had been imposed because of the North Korean nuclear program lifted. However, the last summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi in February 2019 failed.
Since then, the negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang to dismantle the North Korean nuclear program have been on hold. Tensions between North and South Korea also intensified again.