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North Korea conducts fourth alleged missile test in a month

North Korea conducts fourth alleged missile test in a month

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said two ballistic missiles were fired three minutes apart from the western part of North Korea.

Early estimates from Japan put the missile flight at around 300 kilometers (186 miles) with a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers (31 miles), Kishi said.

South Korean defense spokesman Boo Seung-chan said Monday that South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities were analyzing details of Monday’s launches.

Pyongyang also tested two suspected short-range ballistic missiles from a train car on January 14.

After the Pyongyang missile test last Tuesday, the United States announced sanctions against eight North Korean and Russian individuals and entities for supporting Pyongyang’s ballistic missile programs.

On Friday, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson chastised the United States for its stance against North Korea’s weapons development, adding: “If the United States adopts such a confrontational stance, the DPRK will be forced to react to it with more force and certainty.

And in a recent statement released by KCNA, a spokesperson defended the country’s right to strengthen its armaments, saying that “its recent development of new-type weapons was only part of its efforts to modernize its capability. of national defence”.

Leif-Eric Easley, associate professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, said after Friday’s test that Pyongyang “seems to be signaling that it won’t be ignored and will respond to pressure with pressure.”

“North Korea is trying to trap the Biden administration,” Easley said. “He has lined up missiles he wants to test anyway and is responding to US pressure with further provocations in an effort to extort concessions.”

Pyongyang is not allowed to test ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons under international law, but it has continued to develop the weapons in violation of that.