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North Korea fired yet another unidentified ‘projectile’

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North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the East Seaalso known as the Sea of ​​Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The last time North Korea tested so many weapons in a month was in 2019, after talks between its leader Kim Jong-un and then-US President Donald Trump broke down.

Since then, talks between the two countries have stalled and North Korea’s economy is struggling under severe international sanctions and self-imposed border closures to guard against COVID-19.

Pyongyang has already carried out two cruise missile tests on Tuesday, according to Seoul, which does not fall under the current sanctions of theUnited Nations.

North Korea also said it tested hypersonic missiles on January 5 and 11 and ballistic missiles on January 14 and 17.

This series of sanctions-banned tests prompted global condemnation and a closed meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

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The United States imposed new sanctions in response, angering North Korea, which hinted last week that it could resume nuclear and long-range weapons testing.

Pyongyang has not tested intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons since 2017 and continued to observe a self-imposed moratorium even after dialogue with the United States stalled.

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These trials come at a delicate time for the region: China, the only major ally of the North Korean regime, is hosting the Winter Olympics in February and South Korea is holding a presidential election in March.

Kim Jong-un’s regime develops an impressive diversity of offensive weapons despite limited resources and serious economic challengessaid Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

Some North Korean tests aim to develop new capabilities, including to evade missile defenseshe added.

Other launches aim to demonstrate the readiness and versatility of the missile forces that North Korea has already deployed. »

A quote from Leif-Eric Easley, professor at Ewha University in Seoul

After a decade in power, Kim Jong-un has little cause for celebration. International sanctions have brought its economy to its knees, border closures have led to food shortages and the regime’s talks with the United States have stalled.

These various factors could explain why North Korea has carried out five weapons tests in the past three weeks, a spectacular display of the nuclear-armed nation’s military prowess ahead of important national anniversaries, several have said. specialists atFrance Media Agency Start of the week.

The country is preparing to celebrate the 80and anniversary of the birth of Mr. Kim’s father, the late leader Kim Jong-il, in February, then the 110and birthday of Kim Il-sung, the country’s founding leader, in April.

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