Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Kim’s launches show momentum to boost nuclear arsenal

- Advertisement -

Must read

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea’s recent sword clatter after months of relative quiet makes it clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working to expand his arsenal of weapons.

Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railroad track. A new cruise missile resembling the US Tomahawk that can potentially be topped off with atomic warheads. The apparent resumption of fuel production for potential nuclear bombs.

They are likely an attempt to wrest concessions from Washington if and when long-stalled diplomatic talks on Kim’s nuclear program resume. Yet part of the message is directed domestically to reinforce internal unity as North Koreans face deeper difficulties in an ever-healthy economy that has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Here, then, is a look at Kim’s recent weapons tests, the first of their kind in six months, and what they may mean for efforts to confront the North’s nuclear ambitions.

___

THE NEW WEAPONS

North Korea called its first train-launched ballistic missile tests successful, saying the two weapons launched Wednesday struck a target in the sea 800 kilometers (500 miles) away.

That puts all of the South Korean and US military bases it hosts within reach. Experts say the missiles are nuclear capable.

Shooting from trains also adds another platform for launching missiles, in addition to mobile trucks, land platforms and an underwater method that is still being tested. A train-based platform uses North Korea’s national rail network and enables secret movement and launch, although experts note that rail networks are vulnerable targets in a crisis.

For South Korea, “having to defend against North Korean missiles, it’s another headache,” said Lee Choon Geun, a missile expert at the South Korean Institute for Science and Technology Policy.

Last weekend, North Korea also tested what it called a new cruise missile, which flew about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles), making it the North’s longest-range cruise missile, capable of reaching all of Japan, that it is also home to 50,000 American soldiers. .

It is developing with nuclear capability and flies at low altitude, making it difficult to detect. Its development demonstrates North Korea’s drive to break through enemy defense lines and diversify a weapons inventory heavy on ballistic missiles.

Satellite photos also show signs that North Korea has restarted operations at its main factory to produce weapons-grade plutonium, a key ingredient used to make nuclear weapons.

___

WHAT KIM WANTS

Kim’s resumed testing activities are largely aimed “at developing military capabilities, but may also be attempts to shore up national unity,” said Leif-Eric Easley, associate professor of international studies at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul. “Pyongyang could launch a provocation even when it is in desperate financial need because it wants to hide its weaknesses and win outside concessions.”

Kim may also be reverting to a tried-and-true technique of pressuring the world with missile launches and outrageous threats before offering last-minute negotiations aimed at getting help.

“It’s worth continuing to watch how things are going, but we may be near another phase in (North Korea’s) risky politics,” said Park Won-gon, professor of North Korean studies at Women’s University. Ewha.

North Korea’s recent tests could be low-key reactions to the continuation of joint US-South Korean military exercises and South Korea’s efforts to develop its weapons programs.

Kim’s ultimate goal is likely to be to obtain relief from crippling international economic sanctions, even as he gains recognition from the United States as a nuclear state, allowing him to cling to nuclear weapons that he may see as his only guarantee of survival.

___

WHATS NEXT?

North Korea may continue to intensify its lobbying campaign, at least until China begins pushing for calm ahead of the Beijing Olympics early next year. But it could still fall behind on more provocative weapons tests, as it seeks less coercive diplomacy.

The North will have until around November to advance weapons development with testing, said Park, the analyst. After that, you risk damaging relations with China.

North Korea may also hold another weapons test around a big state anniversary, such as the founding day of the ruling Workers’ Party in October. 10.

“To improve weapons capabilities, the next in the test queue may not be a nuclear device or ICBM, but a submarine-based system,” Easley said.

Despite its recent weapons tests, North Korea has maintained a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests for more than three years. That suggests he still wants to keep alive the chances of future diplomacy with Washington.

Pyongyang may be carefully measuring its actions as it seeks a window back to diplomacy.

“It would not be surprising if North Korea makes an early effort to get to Washington or Seoul, if only to gauge its intention,” said Hong Min, an analyst at the Korea National Unification Institute in Seoul.

Do Not Miss

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

EY and Wirecard: anatomy of a flawed audit

0
In December 2018, just weeks before doubts about one of its most high-profile clients began to circulate widely, the auditor EY Germany decided to...

DVD streaming and rental company Redbox was up ~ 24% on...

0
Dade Hayes / Deadline: Redbox, the DVD rental and streaming company, was up ~ 24% on its Nasdaq debut after a...

Basics related to working from home

0
If you want run your own business from home, you need to know what the essential parts are. There are many things at...

Deadly protests follow military coup in Sudan

0
Sudanese soldiers fired on pro-democracy protesters that flooded the streets of the capital Khartoum after the nation's top military commander dissolved the government and...

The CDPQ pension fund plans to invest $ 12 billion in...

0
One of Canada's largest pension fund managers has unveiled plans for a Canadian $ 15 billion ($ 12 billion) spending spree in private assets...

Migrants march on Mexican capital demanding ‘dignity’

0
About 1,000 migrants seeking refugee status marched toward the Mexican capital on Monday, as the government faced a call from the United Nations to...

The US military received a tip about the Iranian-backed attack on...

0
EXCLUSIVE: the United States Military was alerted before Iran-backed drone strike on a base in Syria that houses US forces.About 200 US troops were...

Marshawn Lynch’s ManningCast interview had a bit of Hennessy, Skittles, and...

0
ESPN's ManningCast returned in a big way for the "Monday Night Football" game between the Saints and Seahawks. In fact, he immediately went...

Morrison says Australia will exceed 2030 emissions target

0
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's prime minister said Tuesday that the country will cut emissions 35% below 2005 levels by 2030.Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

James Harden’s quiet start continues as free throw attempts plummet

0
It has been impossible to watch the Brooklyn Nets this season without noticing the drop in production from James Harden. Harden, a three-time scoring...

Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 8: Deshaun Watson, Allen Lazard Among Top...

0
Deshaun watson he's healthy and has the potential to be one of the top five fantasy football players, but he's been sitting on the...

Former Victoria Police Officer Brett Guerin Harassed People Online With Racist...

0
The former head of the Victoria Police Ethics Standards Unit used three pseudonyms to post racist, sexist and homophobic comments while trolling people online,...

Which RBs Will Rush Their Franchise to the NFL Playoffs?

0
When it comes to power rankings the only men who tend to get talked about are NFL quarterbacks. Of course, this is with good...

Worried about stagflation? Strategists say these stocks typically outperform

0
The trip to the gas station is increasingly painful for millions of motorists each week. Diesel is now more expensive than ever in...

Goldman and Morgan Stanley update their top stock picks amid a...

0
Wall Street analysts have chosen a number of new ESG-related stocks that they hope to benefit from global momentum to meet net zero emissions...

Isis-K insurgency threatens Taliban control in Afghanistan

0
Two months after the Taliban seized power, violence, death and fear still haunt Afghanistan. American troops may have left, but the new Islamist...

5 of the best streamers in Minecraft Dream SMP

0
Dream Survival-Multiplayer (SMP) has become one of the most popular private multiplayer servers on the internet. Every Minecrafter has heard of the infamous...

Ripple and Tranglo Singapore partnership scales to new heights in Asia...

0
Wave, the leading provider of enterprise blockchain and crypto solutions for cross-border payments, announced new milestones in its partnership with Tranglo, following Ripple ...

Life after loneliness: ‘In school, I was incredibly isolated, then I...

0
I. I'm sure I wasn't the only one, when the closure was announced last March, to wonder if I was more...

Australia presents net zero target for 2050 ahead of Glasgow summit...

0
The climate laggard commits to a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but will not improve on its 2030 target.Australia will commit...

Iran executes people at ‘alarming rate’: 250 in 2020

0
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iran executed more than 250 people, including at least four delinquent children, in 2020 and has carried out 230 executions...

Tesla’s sales in China have risen to almost half of sales...

0
Tesla's China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China, on January 7, 2020.Aly Song | ...

Apple una vez amenazó con prohibir Facebook por abuso de mucamas...

0
DUBAI, Emiratos Árabes Unidos: Hace dos años, Apple amenazó con retirar Facebook e Instagram de su tienda de aplicaciones por preocupaciones sobre el uso...

Tammy Rivera accuses a CVS employee of racial profiling while capturing...

0
Early Monday morning, Tammy Rivera took to social media to call a local CVS employee who she said was racially profiling her. She...

Former senior UN official named next UN envoy to Myanmar

0
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Monday the appointment of former UN Under-Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore as the new UN special...

The ‘World Series MVP’ quiz

0
The 2021 World Series begins Tuesday night, with National League Champion Atlanta Braves traveling to Texas to face American League Champion Houston Astros. ...

Facebook is acknowledging Haugen’s teen usage issue

0
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks during a House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing in Washington, DC, USA,...

Seven dead and 140 injured in protests against military coup in...

0
KHARTOUM: Sudan's military seized power from a transitional government on Monday and a Health Ministry official said seven people were shot dead and 140...

Coup in Sudan: US condemns military takeover as protests continue on...

0
The United States has "strongly" condemned the leaders of Sudan's military coup, as the United Nations planned an emergency meeting on the crisis and...

ASEAN summit begins with Myanmar junta excluded for ignoring peace agreement...

0
A summit of Southeast Asian leaders has started without a Myanmar representative after the junta leader was barred for failing to comply with a...

Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game Prediction and Preview...

0
The Golden State Warriors will look to continue their winning streak when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Paycom Center on Tuesday.Both...

Rich World’s Pledge of $ 100 Billion in Climate Aid Moves...

0
The money that was supposed to be on the table last year will probably be on the table next year.That's the result of diplomatic...

Blue Jackets ‘Elvis Merzlikins Says He Earned Stars Karma From Fans’...

0
Blue Jackets goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins was not satisfied with allowing just one goal in a win over the Stars on Monday night. He...

Turkey approaches the enemy of Armenia in search of the influence...

0
A new highway running through the land that Azerbaijan captured from Armenia less than a year ago shows Turkey's growing economic presence in a...

Frances Haugen told UK MPs that Facebook is "undoubtedly making the...

0
BBC: Frances Haugen told UK MPs that Facebook is "undoubtedly making hate worse" and warns that Instagram is "more dangerous than other forms of...

Biden imposes new vaccine rules for international travel, lifts restrictions

0
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. President Joe Biden signed an order Monday imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign air travelers and lifting severe travel...

Singapore only has 60 ICU beds left as severe Covid cases...

0
Singapore reported 3,174 new Covid-19 cases on October 26.SINGAPORE: The number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients in Singapore has risen to such an extent...

Southwest Airlines cancellations are causing chaos

0
Flight cancellations were a routine part of travel long before the pandemic. But even in the new environment brought on by COVID-19, Southwest...

Itto’s constellations and distinctive weapon stats changed.

0
Genshin Impact 2.3 leaks have revealed changes to Arataki Itto's constellations and signature weapon, with new upgrades and nerfs for his kit. Itto...

Stock futures flat after Dow and S&P 500 close at records

0
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on September 22, 2021.Brendan McDermid | ReutersUS equity futures were flat...

How to fish in Elyon

0
Elyon is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by KRAFTON that was released for NA and US players on October 20, 2021.Like many...

Majority in the US Concerned about the weather

0
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden is addressing a vital UN climate summit at a time when most Americans view the deterioration of the...

Explained: Everything you need to know about the new US international...

0
WASHINGTON: New rules from the Biden administration that require most foreigners to be vaccinated before flying to the United States will go into effect...

Astros vs. Braves odds, predictions, record and more to know for...

0
Once upon a time, the Astros and Braves were regular opponents in October. From 1997 to 2005, they met five times, with Atlanta...

Peyton Manning wears brother Eli’s Ole Miss jersey on ‘Monday Night...

0
For the first time this season, Peyton and Eli Manning's soccer rivalry made its way in a big way during the ManningCast of "Monday...

The Differences Between Online And Physical Casinos

0
Online and physical casinos are understandably quite different entities and offer quite contrasting experiences. There are pros and cons to both choices and deciding...
- Advertisement -

Don't Miss