North Korea, two more missiles for Kim Jong-un: fifth test since the beginning of the year

from Guido Santevecchi

The Marshal is trying to get noticed. According to the South Korean Defense, these are two cruise missiles, which with their maneuverability are programmed to evade the opponent’s countermeasures: eight missiles took off from North Korea in January 2022

The world anxious about Ukraine. In 2017, it was North Korea that raised fears of a conflict: Donald Trump promised fire and fury to obliterate Rocket Man Kim Jong-un. Then, at the end of January 2018, Kim sent her sister to Seoul on a relaxing mission. North Korea participated with a patrol of athletes and a squadron of majorettes and musicians in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. There will be no North Korean athletes at the Beijing 2022 Games, from February 4: Health security reasons and too much international hostility, Pyongyang said. And instead of skiers, Kim sends missiles and re-poses as Rocket Man.

This morning the fifth fire test since the beginning of the year. According to the South Korean Defense, these are two cruise missiles, which with their maneuverability in flight are programmed to evade the opponent’s countermeasures. With the pair of bombs this morning, they are eight missiles took off from North Korea in January: the 5th, the 11th, the 14th and the 17th. The northern artillery in these tests tried a pair of hypersonic missiles; one of short-range ballistics from a train; two more with solid fuel. No doubt that from a military point of view Kim is improving her arsenal. But what is the political objective of this remarkable revival of warlike activity?

The Marshal is trying to get noticed, to draw the attention of the United States that since Joe Biden has ignored the Korean dossier. Xi Jinping’s attentive and understanding ear would also be needed, since in 2021 the Pyongyang-Beijing trade exchange collapsed to irrelevant figures. The economy of Pyongyang for the umpteenth time in a coma, people think only of feeding themselves (as Kim has repeatedly admitted) and to get out of the tunnel concessions and the easing of international sanctions would be needed.

The barrels of January are used to make the message heard. And to bolster that, Kim says that after short-range missiles and cruise ships, he could order the resumption of tests with intercontinental bombs (ICBM) capable of threatening American cities. The reasoning of the northern dictator that at this stage, with the Ukrainian crisis threatening to bring Russia and the United States together, the world and regional powers cannot afford further instability on the Korean peninsula. Appointment at the next launch. Or a nuclear test.


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