North Korea tests submarine-launched ballistic missile Saturday

The communist regime of North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test launch, its second such launch this week which comes just a few days before its capitalist neighbor South Korea will inaugurate a new president, the Washington Examiner reported.

That short-range missile test, as usual, earned swift condemnation from the United States and its two main allies in the region, Japan and South Korea, with the latter decrying the incident as being “seriously threatening.”

Missile test-fired from a submarine on Saturday

The public affairs office of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command issued a statement confirming that the North Korean ballistic missile launch had occurred, and said, “We are aware of the ballistic missile launch and are consulting closely with our allies and partners.”

“While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s illicit weapons program. The U.S. commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad,” the statement added.

According to the Examiner, it is believed by military officials that the short-range ballistic missile was launched from a submarine — a launch platform that quite obviously is difficult for other nations to detect ahead of time. The last time that North Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile was in October 2021.

This particular launch, per South Korean military officials, reached a height of 37 miles and traveled a distance of approximately 373 miles before crashing harmlessly in the Sea of Japan.

A ballistic missile launched on Wednesday

The Associated Press had reported Wednesday on a short-range ballistic missile test launch that had been fired from an area near the communist regime’s capital city of Pyongyang.

That test launch had also been strongly condemned and South Korea had deemed it a provocative act and “grave threat,” given its proximity to South Korea’s impending transition of power combined with increasingly hostile rhetoric from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who recently warned that he would consider a preemptive nuclear strike on his southern neighbor if he felt threatened.

That is concerning because the incoming new president of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, has expressed his intention to strengthen military ties with the United States.

A flurry of missile launches in 2022, concern over possible upcoming nuclear test

The Examiner noted that North Korea has now conducted 15 missile tests so far in 2022, a dramatic uptick from the eight total launches in 2021 and four launches that occurred in 2020.

Meanwhile, there has also been growing speculation that North Korea is making preparations to conduct a nuclear test at its Punggye-ri nuclear site, which would be the first such test since 2017 and only the seventh such test ever in that nation’s history, according to the AP.

In response to the potential nuclear test concerns, the U.S. has drafted a U.N. Security Council resolution that would increase sanctions against North Korea — an effort that will likely be redoubled after the pair of missile tests but which isn’t expected to survive a veto by permanent council members China and Russia.

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