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North Korea tests missile for third time in 2022 alone

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North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles at the East Sea.

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles at the East Sea on Friday afternoon, three days after the regime claimed responsibility for the successful launch of a newly developed hypersonic missile.

“The South Korean military has detected two projectiles which are said to be short-range ballistic missiles fired northeast towards the East Sea from Uiju, in northern Pyonganbuk-do,” told reporters on Friday. the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Pyongyang has tested its missile capabilities three times this month. North Korean state media, Korea’s central news agency, touted the test firing of the claimed hypersonic missile on Wednesday, reporting that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un himself had inspected the launch.

North Korea’s show of force came on the same day the regime expressed its displeasure with the new sanctions implemented by the United States.

“If the United States takes such a confrontational stance, the DPRK will be forced to react more firmly and with certainty,” a spokesperson for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Cheong Seong-Chang of the Seoul-based Sejong Institute said the missile launches were an expression of his frustration with US sanctions on weapons of mass destruction and the regime’s ballistic missile programs.

“Considering that North Korea tested new weapons at dawn or early in the morning, it is reasonable to assume that the North’s launch of missile tests this afternoon was improvised to show the reaction against them. US sanctions, ”he told ABC News.

Shin Beom Chul, a researcher at the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy, saw the consecutive missile launches as an effort to earn more bargaining chips from North Korea.

“Considering that political dialogue is currently restricted due to COVID-19, it appears North Korea intends to boost its nuclear capabilities in the meantime,” Shin told ABC News. “At the same time, this consecutive military provocation has more than one objective: to neutralize the American efforts with more severe sanctions and also to guarantee the status of a de facto nuclear power plant. “

North Korea tests missile for third time in 2022 alone

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