The regime of North Korea This Friday he carried out his fourth test of cruise missiles in ten days, according to the South Korean Armywhich closely follows the military activities of the dictator Kim Jong-un.
The projectiles, of an unidentified type, were thrown into the yellow sea (also known as the West Sea) around 11:00 a.m. local time (2:00 GMT) and are being analyzed by South Korean and American intelligence authorities, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in a statement.
This is the fourth test of this type since January 24, when Pyongyang cruise missiles fired for the first time Pulhwasal-3-31 and Hwasal-2which were also tested on January 28 and 30 on the coasts of the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan (or East Sea).
These missiles, which fly at low altitude and are difficult to intercept, could be equipped with the Hwasan-31 tactical nuclear warhead (‘Volcano-31’), according to experts. The North Korean regime revealed the existence of this warhead last year.
This Friday’s test coincided with the dictator’s visit Kim Jong-unto the shipyards of Namphoon the western coast, where he supervised the construction of ships for the Navy, according to his propaganda media.
Kim stressed the importance of strengthening the naval force to defend maritime sovereignty reliably, and reiterated its rejection of Northern Limit Line (NLL), the maritime border drawn by the UN after the 1953 armistice that put an end to the Korean war.
North Korea considers the NLL to be an imposition and that the true border should be further south. Furthermore, it qualifies South Korea as his main enemy and rules out any possibility of reconciliation.
It recently decided to dissolve agencies that promoted cooperation with the South and threatened to start a conflict if a violation of “even 0.001 millimeters” occurred on its territory.
In early January, the North Korean regime carried out artillery exercises near the NLL, prompting a reaction from Seoul, which ordered the evacuation of some border islands and carried out its own live-fire exercises.
The tensions in the peninsula Korea escalated in recent years after the failure of the attempt to diplomatic approach carved by former American president donald trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In between 2018 and 2019.
Pyongyang arms tests have noticeably increased in recent years, while the arrival to the South Korean presidency of Yoon Suk Yeolwith a more aggressive discourse towards the North, led to an increase in joint military maneuvers in the area with the United States.
South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yung-ho, He stated that the North Korean dictatorship, through the insistent carrying out of weapons tests, seems to want to turn the peninsula into a region at perpetual risk of war confrontations “like the Middle East”.
“North Korea seems intent on making (the peninsula) a region where there are constant risks of military conflictslike the Middle East,” he said Kim Yung-howhose portfolio is in charge of relations with the North.
“We should not fall into the North Korean trap“, he added in reference to the weapons tests that the regime has carried out since the beginning of the year, in addition to some artillery practices that it carried out on the tense and disputed western maritime border.
(With information from EFE and AFP)