Long-range cruise missiles on September 11 and 12.
September 15, two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.
Sept. 28, hypersonic missile.
Oct. 19, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the Sea of Japan: ……
This is the history of North Korea’s recent missile launch tests.
North Korea has been stepping up its military activities: since October 11, it has held an exhibition on national defense development, displaying its latest weapons, including more than 20 new types of missiles. This is the first time that a large-scale weapons introduction event has been held in the country. At the venue, a rare image of leader Kim Jong-un in military uniform was displayed.
Why has North Korea started to show off its military power? Professor Park Il of Osaka City University, an expert on the situation in North Korea, tells us.
“It’s because the U.S. Biden administration’s policy toward North Korea is unclear. President Biden has said that he will continue to impose economic sanctions unless North Korea softens its stance. Kim Jong-un is probably thinking that the U.S. should come to his aid first. He’s trying to drag them to the negotiating table by showing them the missile threat.
Five times faster than the speed of sound
North Korea has conducted missile tests in the past. However, they have repeatedly failed, exploding immediately after launch or crashing into nearby villages. Will this latest test, even though it is a new type, pose a threat to the United States? According to military journalist Buntaro Kuroi, “Actually, the performance is incomparable to previous tests.
“The SLBM that was launched on October 19 is a ballistic missile called the KN-23. What is noteworthy is how low the ballistic trajectory is. The Aegis defense system of the United States and Japan cannot cope with it. The Aegis is equipped with an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile, so it is very difficult to shoot down a flying object flying at an altitude of 70 km or less. The KN-23 has an altitude of only 50 to 60 kilometers.
Mr. Kuroi said he was also surprised by the hypersonic missile launched on September 28.
“The missile is called Mars 8. It has the same low ballistic trajectory as the KN-23, but it is estimated to be aiming for Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) or faster. The warhead has a distinctive shape like a flounder, and it flies at very high speed while moving at a low altitude in a swooping motion. It is the most advanced missile being developed by the United States, Russia, China and other countries.
In January this year, Kim Jong-un announced a new military plan. In January this year, Kim Jong-un announced a new military plan: a long-range ballistic missile with a range of 15,000 km that can reach the U.S. mainland, a nuclear-powered submarine, and a smaller and lighter nuclear ……. He has declared that these latest weapons will be completed within five years. Shin’ichi Hen, editor-in-chief of the Korea Report, sounds the alarm.
“The North Koreans may have fallen short in other areas, but when it comes to nuclear weapons and missiles, they have done exactly what they said they would do. Looking at the results of its recent launch tests, we can say that it is making steady progress. With the United States, our biggest enemy, we do not envision a conventional war. A nuclear war is assumed. North Korea has twice mentioned the use of nuclear weapons against Japan in the past. If the U.S. and North Korea clash militarily, there is a very high possibility that they will use nuclear weapons against Japan, which is a ‘front-line base.
According to an analysis by the South Korean government, North Korea currently possesses the raw materials to produce up to 60 nuclear warheads. If North Korea uses its nuclear weapons, Japan will become a scorched earth.
“North Korea is developing nuclear weapons and missiles out of a sense of crisis. Usually, when a country loses a war, it surrenders, but this is not the case with North Korea. If the dictator Kim Jong-un loses power, his life will be in danger. If Kim Jong-un, the dictator, loses his power, his life will be in danger, and he may use nuclear weapons without a second thought.
North Korea’s military power has reached a height that cannot be overlooked. The threat is increasing day by day.
FRIDAY, Nov. 12, 2021