A North Korea continues a Barrage of Missile Tests

SEOUL – North Korea said on Friday it had a test launch of a newly developed antiaircraft missile, conducting the latest scramble of weapons tests in recent weeks even as it declared openness to dialogue with the South.

The latest launch, conducted on Thursday, will test a land-to-air missile with greater range, speed and accuracy than previous missiles, the North Korean Central News Agency official said on Friday.

The South Korean government has not commented publicly about the North’s missile test, and it did not report the launch when it took place on Thursday. The South’s military reported tests on North Korea’s ballistic missiles, in violation of United Nations resolutions, immediately after the incident. But this is often not done when the North tries cruise missiles or other weapons deemed less threatening.

From a photo of the new missile released by North Korean media, South Korean analysts said on Friday that the weapon looked like one displayed by the North during military parades. in October at In January. The weapons on display during the parades included a new land-to-air missile fired from a vehicle with four launch pipes.

In recent years, North Korea has bitterly complained about the sale of sophisticated U.S. weapons, especially F-35 fighter jet, in the South, they are said to be raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and forcing the North to build its own war deterrent, including a nuclear arsenal.

Thursday’s trial was the second this week. On Wednesday, the North said it had a test launch of what it called the hypersonic missile, a very sophisticated weapon also developed by select military powers such as the United States and Russia. The new weapon, the Hwasong-8, is a ballistic missile tipped on a hypersonic gliding warhead designed to eliminate mid-world.

The South Korean military says the Hwasong-8 is in the early stages of development. But the test is the latest signal that North Korea is developing missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads that are harder to intercept by the missile defense systems deployed by the United States and its allies in South Korea and Japan. .

In 2017, the trial was launched in North Korea three intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted a sixth underground nuclear test. At the end of the year, the leader of the North, Kim Jong-un, claimed that his country was capable of launching a nuclear strike against the continental United States.

He then met with President Donald J. Trump three times to push the United States to lift international sanctions imposed on his country, offering a partial rollback of its nuclear weapons program in return.

After his negotiations with Mr. Trump collapsed, Mr. Kim began ramping up his weapon programs again. At a congress of the ruling Northern Labor Party in January, Mr. Kim offered an unusually detailed list of weapons that he said his country was developing to help counter foreign aggression.

North Korea has carried out seven missile tests since congress, violating United Nations resolutions banning the country from developing ballistic missiles.

President Biden warned “responses ” if North Korea continues to raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but he has not imposed new sanctions, even as the country’s violations of UN resolutions have become routine. The United States has tried both sanctions and dialogue to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programs. Didn’t work either.

Last month, Mr. Kim’s sister and spokesman, Kim Yo-jong, said the North would consider holds a summit with South Korea and declares an official end to the Korean War if Seoul restore confidence in Pyongyang. This week, Mr. Kim said he was open to restoring a communications hotline in the South that was cut this summer.

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