North Korea test-launched another missile across the eastern waters of the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan on Thursday (March 16). This was a long-range missile test launched from Pyongyang and the fourth missile launch in just a week's time.
North Korea conducted an ICBM test. The yellow flash in the video is an ionospheric disturbance created by the launch, detected in GPS data using a tool built by @tylerni7 and @michaelnute. pic.twitter.com/UjRKGeOvmD— Dr. Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) March 16, 2023
Kim Jong-un, North Korea's dictator, has been launching multiple missiles quite frequently since the last year. So, the recent missile test doesn't really surprise the world as much, but it definitely worries a lot of countries. In fact, the recent missile test is particularly worrying due to a few other factors.
#UPDATE Japan will end export controls on materials for semiconductors destined for South Korea, and Seoul will withdraw a complaint filed with the World Trade Organization, the countries announce as South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol arrives in Tokyo pic.twitter.com/BDKGGyMEqD— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 16, 2023
[Emergency alert]— PM's Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) March 15, 2023
North Korea has launched a suspected ballistic missile. More updates to follow.
Japan PM Fumio Kishida said:
While the exact size and strength of North Korea's nuclear and other arsenal are unclear. According to reports, Pyongyang last carried out nuclear weapons tests in 2017. But it started work at the main nuclear-material production site, the Yongbyon reactor complex in 2021, after briefly shutting it down in 2018 following summits with the US and South Korea.
North Korea is also believed to have developed ICBMs capable of carrying multiple warheads. Overall, North Korea led by a highly unpredictable dictator is equipped with destructive weapons and has showcased the arsenal several times during parades as well.