North Korea Conducts Three Missile Tests in Two Weeks

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Following January 5, 2022, ballistic missile launch, North Korea has conducted two additional missile launches on January 10 and January 14. North Korean authorities claimed that they have launched Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) on January 5 and 10, ballistic missiles which have an unorthodox maneuver and trajectory when launched. HGV not only possesses unique maneuvering, but for a missile to be identified as HGV, it requires it to have a speed of over Mach 5, 5 times the speed of sound. In response to North Korean missile launches, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on MSNBC on January 13 accused North Korea of breaking the UN resolutions and whole host of international laws, “Unfortunately, not only has there been no response to those overtures, but the response we’ve seen … has been renewed missile tests, something that is profoundly destabilizing. It’s dangerous and it contravenes a whole host of U.N. Security Council resolutions.” The latest missile launch on January 14 has been launched from a rail-based launch platform, ie train, with the two short-range ballistic missiles traveling 430 kilometers according to the South Korean authorities. Hours before the missile launch, the North Korean authorities released a statement condemning the sanctions imposed by the Biden administration, which placed 8 sanctions over North Korean and Russian individuals and entities who have aided in North Korean ballistic missile programs. According to the Japanese authorities, the two missiles have hit North Korea’s intended target in the Sea of Japan, with the Japanese Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi reporting that the missiles have landed outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi further condemned the North Korean missile launches as imposing a serious problem to the international community and Japan, “We strongly condemn this as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

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