North Korea has been warned on several occasions about firing off and testing ballistic missiles. Two missiles were fired that appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles. These missiles were fired after the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watched the testing on how well their combat readiness is gearing up. It was reported by the Associated Press the missiles were fired from a coastal town known as Wonsan. The report stated from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff the missiles flew about 150 miles before landing in the water.
The United States and South Korean militaries are investigating the launches to see if they were, in fact, ballistic missiles and why they were being tested. North Korea has been quiet for the last few months, but that does not mean they are not planning something.
This was the first time this year North Korea tested weapons of this magnitude, while also being the first time this year they have violated the rules yet again. The whys are unknown at this time, but it is suspected it has to do with the coronavirus outbreak in Asia.
Everyone knows Kim Jong Un is a shady character, and he is unpredictable. Kim made it known at the end of last year, he had no more reasons to follow the moratorium for testing weapons. Maybe with the outbreak of the deadly virus, some of his plans may have been postponed.
Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies, stated, “North Korea likely tested one of its new road-mobile, solid-fuel missile systems or a developmental ‘super large’ multiple rocket launcher it repeatedly demonstrated last year.”
Other experts are saying the weapons used in the North Korean testing may overwhelm their missile defense system. It will give North Korea a significant advantage in attacking Japan, South Korea, and the US bases within the location.
The presidential office within South Korea stated National Security Director Chung Eui-Yong carried conversations with the spy chief and South Korea’s defense minister concerning the missile launches. They all agree there is a “strong concern” with North Korea testing those missiles. As this rages on, the tensions are at an all-time high.
Japan reported no damages or any missiles were landing within their country. No economic zones were affected, and there was no aircraft or sea vessels harmed.
The Defence Ministry put out a statement saying, “The repeated firings of ballistic missiles by North Korea is a serious problem for the international community including Japan, and the government will continue to gather and analyze information, and monitor the situation to protect the lives and property of the people.”
The speculation on Kim’s growing numbers on violations comes at a time where they are in search of strengthening their artillery and military. There are also signs of internal unity where Kim is showing the world the coronavirus outbreak has no effect on stopping their plans for testing more missiles.
America and South Korea still work on their springtime training for invasions from the North. North Korea also amps up its testing activities, leaving every nation on edge.
Allies made the announcement last week they were not going to carry out their invasion rehearsals due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in South Korea. Soldiers from both the North and the South have been infected with the deadly virus, so their training will commence at a later date.
Is this stopping Kim Jong Un? Nope! He is carrying through with his plans loud and proud of whether their soldiers are infected with the coronavirus or not. One thing is for sure, North Korea cannot be trusted. With everyone on alert and trying not to contract the virus, Kim is out there, ramping up his military. This is not good.
The Trump administration added sanctions on top of sanctions, and Kim is no longer talking negotiations with South Korea. Negotiations are not over with the US and North Korea, but the defiance still remains.
North Korea is demanding Seoul defies the US-led international sanctions and kickstarts their broken economy. The more North Korea challenges the UN and the allies, the more sanctions are placed on the communist country.
Kim Jong Un is growing weary of the punishments he faces with the sanctions. However, he is somehow willing to meet President Donald Trump and still continue the talks. The problem is, he also still continues to launch missiles, keeping the US, South Korea, and the world in suspense.