North Korea tested two missiles in less than a week


North Korea appeared to test fire a ballistic missile for the second time in less than a week, drawing condemnation from South Korea and Japan. A suspected ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Tuesday was more advanced than the missile Pyongyang tested last week. It was launched from Jangang province, near the North Korean border with China and landed in the ocean between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The missile reached more than 10 times the speed of sound, covering a distance of more than 700 kilometers (435 miles). It was a more advanced weapon. It can theoretically fly as fast as 20 times the speed of sound and can be very maneuverable in flight, making it almost impossible to shoot down.


North Korea has not released any information about Tuesday’s launch. Pyongyang is barred from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons under international law. The latest launch underscores North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s pledge to bolster the country’s defences as part of its policy priorities for 2022. These actions increase the risk of miscalculation and escalation and pose a significant threat to regional stability,” said US ambassador to the UN. The US and its allies condemned last week’s launch.