BLUFNorth Korea has test-launched a ballistic missile capable of reaching Guam ending North Korea's self-imposed prohibition on testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles--tensions between North Korea and the U.S. and South Korea continue to grow.
This article by Siladitya Ray, writing for Forbes, makes the following points:
- North Korea test-fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) to verify its "overall accuracy."
- It's believed this missile can strike U.S. Pacific territory, which North Korea threatened to target in 2017.
- This launch was the seventh weapons test carried out by North Korea this year.
- The missile test was viewed as a provocation to lift U.S. sanctions relief.
- North Korea's leader said they needed to prepare for a "long-term confrontation" with the United States.
- Disarmament talks between North Korea and the U.S. have stalled since a summit between Kim and Trump collapsed in 2019.
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