/ 14 September 2021

North Korea fires up the missile tests

Image source: KCNA
Image source: KCNA

North Korea says it has launched a new long-range cruise missile in its first tests in 6 months. While Kim Jong Un’s mob have tested plenty of short-range missiles in the past, this one could travel up to 1,500 kilometres (aka to Japan) carrying nuclear warheads. Analysts say it highlights the progress made by North Korea on their weapons program just as little progress is made on the US-led effort to denuclearise North Korea since former President Donald Trump’s charm offensive stalled in 2019. The standoff has led South Korea to build its own military arsenal as tensions grow with the North. Officials from South Korea, Japan and the US will meet later this week to talk it out, and Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Marise Payne have just been. The US military’s Indo-Pacific Command says recent events show that North Korea continues to be a local and global threat. 

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