North Korea tests missiles

The Japanese Ministry of Defense said suspected ballistic missiles have been injected into the sea outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

“The recent repeated firing of ballistic missiles by North Korea is a serious problem for the entire international community, including Japan,” the ministry said.

In recent weeks, North Korea has launched a series of missiles and artillery shells into the sea to improve its military capabilities in deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States. These weapons were all short range and capable of hitting South Korea, but did not pose a direct threat to the U.S. homeland.

Some experts say that the recent North Korean launches were probably designed to support the unit and show that leader Kim Jong Un is in control of the US-led sanctions and the global pandemic.

Kim “wants to show that he rules normally in the midst of the corona virus (pandemic), and his latest weapons tests have been aimed at strengthening the unit internally and not creating an external threat,” said Kim Dong-yub, analyst at the Seoul Institute for Far Eastern studies. “North Korea no longer has time for staging (external threats).”

North Korea has launched an intensive campaign to prevent the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 660,000 people worldwide.

She called her campaign “national existence,” but steadfastly denied that there was a single virus outbreak on her soil. Many foreign experts question this claim. The warning of an epidemic in North Korea could be bad due to the chronic lack of medical care and poor health infrastructure.

A week ago, North Korea said that President Donald Trump had sent a personal letter to Kim to maintain good relationships and offer cooperation to fight the outbreak. A North Korean state media show didn’t say whether Trump mentioned any of the north’s latest weapon tests.

Kim Jong Un has vowed to strengthen his inner strength to withstand what he calls “gangster-like” US sanctions that stifle his country’s economy. His nuclear diplomacy with Trump stalled after the American President, during his second summit in Vietnam in early 2009, rejected his calls for comprehensive sanctions relief in exchange for a limited step towards denuclearization.

North Korea has not conducted any nuclear or long-range missile tests since the talks with the United States began in 2018. The resumption of a large arms test by North Korea could completely disrupt the negotiations.

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