The Japanese Coast Guard also confirmed the information, specifying that, according to preliminary data, both missiles have already fallen, one of them is outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The launch came as North Korea held a meeting of its ruling Workers’ Party to take stock of the past year and discuss policy goals for 2023. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who oversaw and led the launch, he said he hoped the country would have “another cutting-edge strategic weapon soon”.
North Korea launched at least 93 ballistic and other missiles in 2022, more than in any previous year. For example, Kim Yo-jong, sister and spokesperson for the DPRK leader, warned on December 20 that the country could launch a full-range ICBM missile for the first time in history. Experts wonder if North Korea has the technology to do just that. Kim promised to dispel doubts.