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North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea- Is it giving any sign?

Tokyo- Japan suspects that North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles on Thursday. Officials in Seoul Tokyo and Washington mentioned that this is the first test reported since the time US President Joe Biden took office in January.

Under the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, North Korea’s ballistic missiles were banned. If the launch of the missiles is confirmed, then it will be a new challenge to Biden’s effort towards getting affianced with Pyongyang which so far has been rejected.

As per South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff report around two “unidentified projectiles” were fired into the sea. The missiles were launched from North Korea’s South Hamgyong Province on the Eastern Coast.

The JCS in a statement mentioned, US and South Korean intelligence agencies are now engaged in analyzing the data of the launch for additional info.

For discussing the launches, South Korea’s presidential Blue House will be conveying an emergency meeting National Security Council.

Well, the US officials have no confirmed that North Korea needs to carry out a new projectile launch without providing the information of the quantity or the type of projectile perceived.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga mentioned that the projectiles are basically two ballistic missiles that feel outside the Japanese exclusive economic zone.

Suga mentioned that in the next month during Biden’s visit he will be completely discussing North Korea’s issues that involve launches.

Notably, earlier Japanese coast guards have warned the ships in coming close to any fallen object. Instead, they asked them to provide the info to the coast guard.

Vipin Narang, a nuclear affairs expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States mentioned that the Ballistic missile test can be just a step up from the weekend test and permits North Korea in improving its technology. He also added that this sends a proportionate response to US-South Korea military drills and signals to the United States that it is improving its arsenal.

Vipin Narang also mentioned that this test launch may not torpedo diplomatic efforts, but can be a reminder of the cost failure for securing a deal with Pyongyang. 

Narang exclaimed, “Every day that passes without a deal that tries to reduce the risks posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile arsenal is a day that it gets bigger and badder.”

Notably, it is Biden’s diplomatic overtures to North Korea that remained unanswered and Pyongyang mentioned that it will not engage unless Washington drops its hostile policies that involve military drills with South Korea.

North Korea has been infuriated by the current joint US-South Korean exercises which actually scaled back in order to get the nuclear talks started.

On Wednesday, the senior US officials mentioned that the administration’s North Korea policy review is now in its final stages and may now host the national security advisers of allies Japan and South Korea in the next week for discussion.

According to the independent UN sanctions monitors, it is found that throughout 2020 North Korea continued developing its nuclear and missile program in defilement of UN sanctions back to 2006, helping fund them with around $300 million pilfered through Cyber hacks. 

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