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‘North Korea’s cruise missile launch’ seems to be a simulated nuclear strike test targeting South Korea and US forces in Japan

On the morning of the 22nd, North Korea fired several long-range cruise missiles, believed to be ‘North Korean Tomahawks’, into the West Sea. It has been two days since the U.S. military threatened that the USS Kentucky ( SSBN-773 ), a strategic nuclear submarine, enter Busan Port, which is a condition for the use of nuclear weapons. Earlier, at dawn on the 19th, the North Korean version of the Iskander ( KN-23 ) launched a powerful short-range ballistic missile ( SRBM ) into the East Sea, and three days later, the military believes that it threatened a surprise nuclear strike by choosing a vulnerable time zone at dawn again. Signs of an imminent large-scale military parade on the day of the armistice agreement (27th), which North Korea claims to be the ‘Day of Victory,’ have also been detected one after another, and the South Korean and US authorities are keeping an eye on it.

It appears to have been a mock nuclear strike test targeting South Korea and US forces in JapanAccording to the military on the 23rd, several cruise missiles were launched into the West Sea from around 4 am on the 22nd from the inland area of ​​North Korea. South Korean and U.S. authorities are analyzing detailed flight data captured by satellites and early warning and control aircraft. A military source said, “It seems that they shot about 3 to 4 Type 1 or Type 2 arrows, which are called ‘North Korean Tomahawks’ .” North Korea claimed on March 22 this year that it fired a total of 4 arrows, 2 each of type 1 and type 2 arrows loaded with model nuclear warheads, in the Hamheung area of ​​South Hamgyong Province and exploded them in mid-air at an altitude of 600 m. It was also said that it hit the target after flying along an elliptical and ‘8-shaped’ trajectory for distances of 1500 km and 1800 km set in the East Sea.

It is possible that the test was performed in the same way this time. Although the cruise missile’s flight speed does not reach the speed of sound (about 1224 km/h), it is difficult to detect and track with radar because it changes its trajectory at an ultra-low altitude of several tens to hundreds of meters. The range (up to 2000 km) of the Arrow -1 and 2 types includes all of Korea and Japan. A military official said, “They threatened to strike the entire Korean peninsula and the bases of US forces in Japan where US reinforcements were deployed with nuclear weapons at any time.”

19th KN-23The missile was fired into the East Sea according to the range from Sunan, Pyongyang to the Naval Operations Base in Nam-gu, Busan, where the Kentucky ship entered, and then even cruise missiles were mobilized in the armed demonstration, threatening that the US extended deterrence force could be attacked with tactical nuclear weapons regardless of the type of missile.

“Right after North Korean Defense Minister Kang Sun-nam threatened on the 20th that increased visibility of the deployment of US strategic assets, such as SSBN calls, was a ‘condition for the use of nuclear weapons,’ it appears that multiple simultaneous simulated nuclear attack tests were conducted against major targets in South Korea and US military bases in Japan with cruise missiles,” a military source said . It is expected that North Korea will continue its ‘counter-provocation’ in response to the ROK-US expanded deterrence, such as the launch of

the Korea-US Nuclear Consultative Group ( NCG ) and the arrival of the SSBN . Considering that there is a high possibility of additional provocations or armed demonstrations to show off the advancement of nuclear power around Victory Day (27th), the military is making every effort to monitor North Korea.

Signs of an imminent parade, such as the installation of large pontoon bridgesIn the midst of this, according to the Voice of America (VOA) broadcast on the 21st바카라사이트 ( local time), the installation of two large pontoon bridges connecting the front of Kim Il-sung Square and the other side of the Taedong River in Pyongyang was captured in a picture taken by a private satellite on the 20th. In April of last year and in February of this year, North Korea installed a large pontoon bridge at the same location a week before the military parade. According to VOA , it is known that firecrackers and lighting facilities were installed on the pontoon bridge .

South Korea and the U.S. see the military parade commemorating Victory Day as an imminent sign. It is noteworthy whether North Korea, which first unveiled the Hwasong -18 type solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile ( ICBM ) at the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the armed forces in February, will also introduce a new strategic weapon at the military parade. North Korea has been unveiling new weapons to show off its nuclear and missile advancement at the military parade on the anniversary of its retirement (the year it is folded in increments of 5 or 10 years).


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