Narasi.net – North Korea reportedly tested a suspected ballistic missile on Sunday (27/2/2022) morning. This ballistic missile was launched into the sea. This launch is the eighth time by the Kim Jong-Un regime in 2022. The suspected ballistic missile weapon was detected by South Korea and Japan.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff pointed out that the missiles were launched from Pyongyang territory. Pyongyang’s ballistic missiles are said to have been launched into waters east of North Korea. However, no details were given regarding the range or altitude of the missile.
At that time, the Japanese Coast Guard warned that there was “An object that could be a ballistic missile” launched from North Korea and may fall into the sea. “We are concerned that developments in Ukraine could spread beyond Europe and affect the whole world, especially in the Indo-Pacific and East Asia,” Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on NHK television.
“We haven’t analyzed how this missile launch is related (the Russian invasion of Ukraine) or has any specific intent, but I reiterate my promise to be resolutely prepared for developments like this,” he continued.
Pressing the United States
Some observers say Pyongyang’s actions are intended to pressure the United States (US). North Korea wants to improve weapons technology as a bargaining power to get Washington to reduce or lift penalties. North Korea is also said to have taken advantage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine which caught the attention of the US.
This opportunity is used by Pyongyang to speed up its weapons testing program. Leif-Eric Easley, professor of government studies at Seoul’s Ewha University, said the Joe Biden government must respond to show that the
Indo-Pacific region is still their strategic focus.
“North Korea is not going to help anyone by standing still when the world is facing a Russian attack on Ukraine,” Easley said. “Pyongyang has an ambitious military modernization schedule. The power and legitimacy of the Kim regime is tied to better missile testing.”
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