North Korea has launched two short-range ballistic-missiles into the sea on Saturday, according to Seoul military officials.
This act occurred shortly after the US-South Korean military exercises ended, which North Korea sees as a “rehearsal for war”. Pyongyang has previously expressed its strongest opposition against these bilateral military exercises between the two democratic nations.
The missile launch is North Korea’s seventh weapons test in the last month. This comes after US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the Inter-Korean border in June.
However, US President Donald Trump remained confident in his trust with Kim. Citing his previous meetings and dealings with President Kim, he notes that he has been “pretty straight” with him. Thus diffusing concerns of escalations. Though this confidence is not generally shared by leaders of other nations.
The missile launch raised a number of concerns from neighboring nations such as Japan and South Korea last week. Japan and South Korea are the two nations that would receive a direct impact should military escalations within the region occur. According to reports, the South Korean government expressed “grave concern” regarding the practice. Likewise, the Japanese Defense Force assumed a readiness state should the missiles land on their territorial waters.
North Korea, a nation of 24 million people, has been isolated from the geopolitics of the region. Since the 1950’s it has been led by the Kim family who maintains a deified status through a Communist stance known as Juche. As a national policy, it considers the United States of America as its greatest enemy.
Multiple trade sanctions and embargoes have caused this nation to rely on its own resources, and support from the People’s Republic of China.