15 Sep. 2021 18:06 o’clock
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are rising again. The warring states of South and North Korea tested their own ballistic missiles within a few hours. South Korea claims to have successfully fired an independently developed ballistic missile underwater from a submarine.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula intensified again. Just a few days after testing cruise missiles, North Korea fired two short-range missiles towards the open sea on Wednesday, according to the South Korean military. A few hours later, South Korea announced that it had successfully fired a ballistic missile it had developed underwater from a submarine.
The South Korean presidential office said it tested its first anti-submarine ballistic missile (SLBM) on Wednesday afternoon. The test was successful and the missile hit its target in the intended path, said a government spokesman. The weapon is said to help South Korea fend off potential external threats, strengthen its self-defense position and promote peace on the Korean peninsula.
South Korea is considered to be the first country to develop SLBM without having nuclear weapons of its own. According to the company, the successful test is the seventh country with a potentially usable ballistic missile that can be launched from a submarine.
The recent arms tests by North Korea are also seen as a direct challenge to the administration of US President Joe Biden. The North Korean missile test is supposed to show that the country is pushing its armament plans while trying to put pressure on the US to resume the stalled nuclear talks. According to North Korean reports, the cruise missile tests demonstrated the ability to hit targets at a distance of 1,500 km – a distance that brings all Japanese and US military installations there within range. According to observers, it also appears that the government of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, which is actively seeking a reconciliation with North Korea, is responding to criticism that it is too gentle on North Korea by taking this step Aljazeera.
The Biden government announced that it completed a policy review on North Korea in May. Denuclearization continues to be a priority, but it will not seek “big deals” with Kim. US envoy to North Korea Sung Kim said Tuesday the US has no hostile intentions towards Pyongyang and hopes it will respond positively to offers to talk about its weapons programs.
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