North Korea Launches Strategic Missile Tests

The date of the tests is not known. North Korean state media released a photo of Kim observing the test-firing of strategic cruise missiles from a patrol boat. In conjunction with the commencement of U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises on Monday local time, Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, is recognized for various qualities, although subtlety is not among them.

Missiles cruise are not banned, but Pyongyang is prohibited from launching ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council resolutions; South Korean authorities called the report an “exaggeration,” however, the media reported that the missiles, described as “strategic,” were developed to carry nuclear warheads and imply that they can hit their targets without any errors.

After the report came, South Korean and U.S. Forces met in Seoul to kick off the Ulchi Freedom Shield, a large-scale training field exercise. It is the largest number of events ever held in the history of the summit, as well as the largest number of training field drills and computer-hosted simulated command exercises. Kim has long objected to calling them war rehearsals, but it is also the largest number of troops in history participating in the joint exercise.

Expressed South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, “Genuine tranquility is upheld solely through dominant power, not through unilateral pleading or benevolence.” The general populace of South Korea will even participate in a civilian exercise on Wednesday to simulate their reaction to an external attack. They aim to develop backup strategies for North Korean cyber attacks, acts of terrorism, drone assaults, and state-sponsored misinformation campaigns. Specifically, officials from both the United States and South Korea emphasized the significance of Ulchi Freedom Shield in countering the threats posed by Pyongyang.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Japanese Kishida Fumio and President U.S. Joe Biden, hosted a discussion to increase trilateral cooperation, including Indo-Pacific, in response to the growing threats from North Korea.

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