North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea to its east, say the US and Japan, the first such test since Joe Biden became US president.
On Thursday it delivered its latest warning by launching two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast — the first such test by the country in a year and its first significant provocation against the United States under President Biden.
The launch, which defied the United Nations Security Council’s ban on ballistic missile tests by North Korea, reflected a country resorting again to show off the force, raising tensions to gain leverage as the Biden administration completes its North Korea policy review. Pyongyang has continued to test its weaponry and show its advances in military technology. They also saw the test as a signal to Washington that Pyongyang will carry out more provocative tests, involving longer-range missiles, if it decides that Mr. Biden’s policies are unreasonable.
On March 30, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim Yö Jong called Moon’s remarks disgraceful for agreeing with the US, which condemned the missile test and said that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs made up serious threats to international peace and security.
In a statement, US military also stated that the missile launches highlighted the threat, North Korea’s illicit weapons program poses to its neighbors and the international community," Biden, who hasn’t yet commented on the Thursday launches, downplayed the weekend test, saying “no new wrinkle in what they did.” The Biden administration has been reviewing whether to deal with North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats with more sanctions.
Kim Jong Un's sister slams South Korea for calling missile test ‘concerning’ and commented that this “illogical-brazen faced behaviour” of South Korea is like “gangster-like logic” of the US. She defended the missile launch by stating it was for self-defensive purposes because of the threats posed by US and South Korea with their joint military exercises and advanced weapons. North Korea has spent more than a year in isolation. It even cut off most trade with its closest ally China amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, and its economy is thought to be in a dire state. Now that the weapons tests appear to be making a return, many are wondering just how far is Kim Jong-un willing to go to get the attention of the White House.