North Korea fires ballistic missiles, marking fourth in a week

North Korea fired unspecified ballistic missiles towards the east coast on Saturday, South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, marking Pyongyang’s fourth launch in a week as it ratchets up tension in the Korean peninsula. The launch comes after the navies of South Korea, the United States and Japan held trilateral anti-submarine drills for the first time in five years on Friday, and follows a visit by US Vice President Kamala Harris in South Korea this week.

The Japanese Coast Guard also reported at least two suspected ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang. NHK, citing a government source, said a second missile landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. North Korea fired missiles before and after Harris’ visit to South Korea, extending a record pace of weapons testing this year as it increases the threat of a credible nuclear power that can hit the United States. United and its allies.

Pyongyang also carried out the first intercontinental ballistic missile test for the first time since 2017. Analysts see the increased pace of testing as an effort to build operational weapons, as well as taking advantage of a world distracted by the Ukraine conflict. and other crises to “normalize” his tests.

“Despite North Korea’s internal weaknesses and international isolation, it is rapidly modernizing its weapons and profiting from a world divided by US-China rivalry and Russia’s annexation of more Ukrainian territory. “said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul. “Kim’s regime is also playing hardball with the Yoon administration while South Korean politics is hampered by infighting.”

Nuclear testing and ballistic missile launches by North Korea have long been banned by the Security Council. The army did not give details on the range, height and speed of the missiles.

The isolated country has completed preparations for a nuclear test, a window that could open between China’s party congress in October and the U.S. midterm elections in November, South Korean lawmakers said on Wednesday.

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