North Korea has launched a projectile identified as a ballistic missile; as it resumes its weapon tests.
First disclosed by Asian neighbours South Korea, the missile landed in the sea; and is the eighth of such launches in less than a month.
Experts have opined that North Korea late show of weaponry is aimed at receiveing sanction reliefs and resuming disarmament talks with the United States, which has been stalled. This will be possible if technological weaponry acumen is perfected.
Many also believe that the recent move is a coy to avoid Washington sanctions; taking advantage of U.S preoccupation with the ongoing Ukraine crisis.
Nobuo Kishi, the Japanese Defense Minister, stated that the missile travelled about 300 kilometres and reached a height of 370 miles before it landed in the eastern coast of North Korea—just outside the Exclusive Economic Zone of Japan.
“If North Korea deliberately carried out the missile launch while the international community is distracted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, such an act is absolutely unforgivable.
“Whatever the motives are, North Korea’s repeated missile launches are absolutely inexcusable and we cannot overlook considerable missile and nuclear advancement,” he added.
There was no report of aircraft or vessel damage during the test.
However, the U.S Indo-Pacific Command has lashed out at the Asian nation, condemning the test and calling for a refrain from further acts.
A statement was also issued on Sunday saying that there was no immediate threat to the United States or any of its allies, with U.S long-standing commitment to defend South Korea and Japan still standing.
Previously, the United States had tried to convince North Korea via diplomatic talks to halt its nuclear program in return for both economic and political benefits.
It however crashed in 2019 when the POTUS at the time—Donald Trump rejected North Korea President Kim Kong Un request for sanctions relief on an extensive level.