North Korea fires more missiles in fourth missile test this month

North Korea announced on Monday that it has launched two new ballistic missiles, making the fourth missile test this month.

The two news missile add to concerns in January as North Korea’s leader seeks to flex its muscles among the international community.

The new missile launch included two rockets fired from a train car, showing the ability of the North Korean military to position a missile launch from any rail destination in the country.

A Fourth Launch

“South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea likely fired two short-range ballistic missiles from an area in Sunan, the site of Pyongyang’s international airport. The missiles were launched four minutes apart and flew about 380 kilometers (236 miles) with a maximum altitude of 42 kilometers (26 miles) before landing in waters off the country’s northeastern coast, it said,” according to the Associated Press.

“The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to its allies, but highlighted the destabilizing impact of North Korea’s “illicit” weapons program. Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the missiles landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno condemned the actions as threats to peace,” it added.

How to Respond?

North Korea’s previous missile launch held just over a week ago led to American airports along the west coast briefly halting all flights.

The order lasted approximately seven minutes, according to reports regarding the San Diego International Airport.

“Sabrina LoPiccolo, spokeswoman for the airport, told Newsweek that the airport was instructed by air traffic of a national ground stop about 2:30 p.m. Pacific time. No reason was given for the stop, which lasted about five to seven minutes, she said,” Newsweek reported.

The growing number and pace of launches should have U.S. leaders concerned. In contrast with relative quiet from North Korea under Trump, Biden’s term has now included more aggressive actions from the communist nation.

The impact could extend to U.S. military in nearby countries and influence economic issues worldwide if left unchecked by Biden and those in the White House.

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