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North Korea is taking advantage of the war in Ukraine and building up its muscles

The invasion of Ukraine and Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons if things go too far in this war gave North Korea the wings to show off its own weapon fangs. New tests of North Korean missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads also coincide with the coming to power of a new president in South Korea who is hard-lined with his northern enemy. Moscow’s strategy Ukrainewhich includes the use nuclear weapon tactical, melee, yes Russia sees a threat to “its existence” has its own answer in Pyongyangwith the unknown real capabilities of North Korea to use this type of weapon in a situation of such pressure.

The two Koreas have technically been at war since 1953, when a truce was signed that ended the conflict that began in 1950. Until now, this truce has provided a precarious peace around the most militarized border on the planet, where the Cold War is a reality that has lasted nearly seventy years.

On May 7, North Korea launched a new ballistic missile from a submarine. It was short-range, but demonstrated the potential to threaten Pyongyang by firing fifteen of these missiles at only sea of ​​japan so far this year. The test came three days before new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol took office, giving the people a clear warning. anti-communist rhetoric what this former Attorney General of South Korea revealed during the campaign.

But the tipping point came on March 24, just a month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, when the North Korean regime conducted its first intercontinental missile test since 2017. Was Hwaseong-17the most powerful long-range missile in the North Korean arsenal, capable of carrying multiple warheads to the continental United States. Tensions on the Korean peninsula soared to levels not seen in five years, with the possibility of armed conflict between the two Koreas at the forefront of the regional defense plans of the United States and its allies in the Pacific.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, this Hwaseong-17 missile reached a maximum altitude of 6248.5 km, flew a distance of 1090 km in 68 minutes and hit the planned area, in the waters separating the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Japanese authorities said the missile fell within their exclusive economic zone and 150 kilometers west of the Oshima Peninsula in Hokkaido.

The Hwaseong-17 missile was more powerful, reached higher altitudes and stayed in the air longer than any other missile that North Korea has tested since negotiations in 2018.

The missile was more powerful, reached higher altitudes and stayed in the air longer than any other missile tested by North Korea since the 2018 talks. reduce voltage at that time almost unbearable on the peninsula. This anxiety prompted then-U.S. President Donald Trump to threaten to unleash all of his country’s “fire and fury” on North Korean territory.

These were the good diplomatic manners of the South Korean president at the time. Moon Jae-inthose who solved this situation and even allowed a meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Chen Inin June 2018. It was the first meeting between the leaders of both countries since the establishment of the North Korean state in October 1945. This summit was followed by another in 2019 between the two leaders in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.

The diplomacy of Moon, who in turn met with Kim Jong-un three times and was warmly received at the Pyongyang stadium, allowed him to remain calm during the five years of his mandate. But now times have changed, and the wind of harmony seems to have dissipated on the Korean Peninsula. President Yoon, a hardline politician and unwilling to be accused of colluding with one of the regimes with the most human rights violations around the worldeven if the world is at stake. Yoon did not hesitate to repeatedly refer to North Korea as an “enemy”. denuclearization as a necessary step towards peace. What all the actors involved in a Korean game know will never happen.

Yoon took office this week as South Korea’s head of state, and North Korea’s response has been more missile tests in the face of the South’s new president’s verbosity. In the midst of a heated election debate, he went so far as to suggest a pre-emptive strike against North Korea to destroy its missile and nuclear arsenal should South Korean and American intelligence have credible suspicions about some ostensibly preparing for an attack by the North.

Some of the new missiles tested by the Kim Jong-un regime could carry tactical nuclear warheads.

Some of the new missiles tested by the Kim Jong-un regime have a peculiar characteristic. Peculiar and very dangerous, given the current time. They can carry tactical nuclear warheads, that is, smaller yields, equivalent to from one kiloton to fifty kilotons of TNT (sometimes up to a hundred). Such missiles are designed to destroy entire military units in a conventional war, but without unleashing an atomic hecatomb. Until now, the North Korean army had mobile platforms from which this type of fire could be fired. tactical nuclear weapons. But the latest tests of submarine-launched missiles exponentially increase the effectiveness and destructive power of these weapons. Remember that the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima was equivalent to 16 kilotons of TNT.

Added to the missile threat are US intelligence reports that North Korea may be preparing for May. new nuclear tests at Pungeri Manor. They will be the first since September 2017, when the sixth nuclear explosion occurred in North Korea. The first one took place in October 2006.

Despite everything, the balance of power, as threatening as North Korea may seem, armed with atomic warheads and missiles capable of hitting its main enemies, is much more firmly rooted in the Pacific Northwest than in the current European theater of war. The key to this far from heartfelt understanding, but confident for the moment, is China. The communist regime in Pyongyang depends on Beijing for its survival and will not take a single step towards war without its consent, or at least the assurance that China will prevent its complete annihilation by the United States.

What is not considered in this delicate balance is the possible increase South Korean aggressivenesswords or actions carried away by President Yong’s conviction that he will always have the support of Washington. Especially against the background of the frank militarism of his colleague, Joe Bidenin Europe, with billions of dollars worth of weapons to their allies and Ukraine.

North Korean thinking is simple: the dismantling of Ukrainian nuclear missiles as part of nuclear disarmament in Europe in the 1990s led to the current war

On May 21, Biden and Yoon will meet in Seoul. Perhaps now is the time to test the direction of a renewed alliance between the United States and South Korea, clouded by the risk of a repeat of the White House’s hardline stance in Europe against a nuclear superpower, but this time in Asia and to another nuclear power, North Korea, as arrogant and dangerous as Russia.

For now, the lesson that North Korea seems to have learned from the current war in Europe is that if Ukraine had kept the nuclear weapons it had stationed on its soil during the Soviet Union, Russian leaders wouldn’t have missed them even for a head. to invade its southern neighbor on 24 February. The idea of ​​North Korea is simple: the dismantling of Ukrainian nuclear missiles as part of nuclear disarmament in Europe The 1990s led to the current war. For this reason, North Korea will never give up its newly acquired nuclear deterrent and will continue to test missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads, even to the homeland of its nemesis, the United States.



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