Authors: HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG
Seoul, South Korea (Associated Press)-Hours after Moon Jae-in stated that South Korea’s growing missile capabilities would serve as a “reliable deterrent,” the powerful sister of the North Korean leader criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in and threatened to “completely Destroy the relationship between the two countries. Oppose North Korea’s provocations.
Moon Jae-in made these comments after South Korea successfully tested a sub-sea-launched missile. Japan and South Korea claimed that North Korea had launched two missiles into the ocean and then tested them just a few hours later.
In a statement released by state media on Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jung criticized Moon Jae-in for describing the North Korean missile test as a provocation and warned that if Moon Jae-in continues to negotiate with North Korea, bilateral relations will ” Complete destruction”. She claimed it was a slander to North Korea.
This is a significant news update. Here’s the Associated Press story from earlier.
SEOUL, South Korea (Associated Press)-As negotiations aimed at depriving North Korea of its nuclear program are at an impasse, North Korea and South Korea conducted ballistic missile tests several hours apart on Wednesday to demonstrate their military strength, which will certainly intensify rivalry Tension.
The South Korean and Japanese military said that North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles, flew 800 kilometers (500 miles), and then landed in the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone-although they did not reach Japan’s territorial waters, this is an intimidation. Worried developments. It is concerning that a North Korean missile has not yet landed in the region since October 2019.
North Korea announced two days ago that it had launched its newly-developed cruise missile. It was the first weapon test in six month.
A few hours after North Korea’s test fire on Wednesday, the South Korean Presidential Office stated that the country had conducted its first submarine-launched ballistic missile test. It stated that the missile was made in South Korea and took off from the submarine while President Moon Jaein and other senior officials were watching. It didn’t mention how far it flew.
Moon Jae-in said that the country’s improved missile capabilities will “play a reliable deterrent against North Korea’s provocations”.
Experts believe that North Korea is building its weapon system in order to exert pressure on the United States and to get rid of sanctions designed to force it to give up its nuclear arsenal. Since more than two decades, negotiations on this matter have been stopped by the United States. However, tensions on both the Korean Peninsula and the United States have been increasing.
Wen Sung-mo from the South Korean National Institute of Strategic Studies said that North Korea is trying send a message to Washington by refusing to accept North Korea’s request. He suggested that North Korea might believe it has the chance to get concessions from the US administration of Joe Biden. However, after the withdrawal from Afghanistan’s chaos, the country is now embroiled in domestic debates.
At the same time, observers say that the Moon Jae-in government, which has been actively seeking reconciliation with North Korea, may have taken action to behave tougher in response to criticism of North Korea’s weakness.