PRESIDENT Joe Biden will not be able to overturn North Korea’s missile tests on Wednesday as he conducted a preliminary test over the weekend, analysts say, amid Pyongyang’s clear intention to ensure Washington understands the dangers of its threats.
South Korea, Japan and the U.S. Late Wednesday they confirmed the launch of arrows from the North Korean region into the Sea of Japan earlier in the day. Japan has said the test involves ballistic missiles, which could carry the head of a nuclear war – and has violated international sanctions against North Korea.
The launch marks the first test of ballistic missiles by North Korea since March 2020 and immediately followed the military tests South Korea conducted by the US this week outraged Pyongyang.
It also crossed the line that many expected to be one of the unsustainable security threats in East Asia that have highlighted American denuclearization efforts over the years.
“President Donald Trump was determined to ignore the North Korean missiles as long as they were not a long-range missile test,” said Jean Lee, director of The Wilson Center’s Korea Program. “But I suspect that the Biden administration will face any confirmed arbitration that violates UN Security Council resolutions.”
Wednesday’s ballistic missile test meets that bar, in contrast to weekend tests that included naval arrows and that White House and Pentagon officials dismissed it as a “normal” part of military operations.
The presentation was not as glamorous as it might have been. It did not include any nuclear weapons tests, which North Korea has not done since 2017. It has followed a US-South Korean military exercise – albeit a downturn – historically that prompted Pyongyang to show some violent act in retaliation.
And it did not include the kind of heated speech from Kim Jong Un or other leaders to use the foretold global attention since its launch. Indeed, North Korea has not yet confirmed its launch on Thursday morning, although its state news service has published a report on countries wishing “peaceful space programs” including rocket-propelled rockets – common fraudulent countries like North Korea previously used to justify intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBM. .
However, Pyongyang remains ready to escalate this outrage according to the U.S. How it responds, especially as Biden’s administration completes a review of its North Korean government policy.
“We should expect North Koreans to test big and high-powered missiles. And we should expect a vibrant response to the announcement of Biden North Korea’s policy, which could be a ploy to force the Kim regime to give up its nuclear weapons,” said Harry Kazianis, executive director of Korean Studies at the Center for the National Interest. “If so, the stage has been set for another round of North Korea’s ICBM and possible tests for nuclear testing – and other US-North Korean objections.” The presentation was also not as moving as it could have been. It did not include any nuclear weapons tests, which North Korea has not done since 2017. It has followed a US-South Korean military exercise – albeit a downturn – historically that prompted Pyongyang to show some violent act in retaliation.
Lee says Biden’s management planned to take a different approach than his predecessor, who organized a series of conferences that caught the attention of many people but did not produce significant results.
“Instead of engaging in political negotiations, I think we can expect sanctions to be negotiated,” he said, warning of further threats: “North Korea uses strategic weapons tests, both to improve its weapons and to gain international attention. As the United States indicates it will seek to tighten sanctions, North Korea will be looking to increase its military presence by tightening its tests. “
Jewelry could rise soon, Lee said, especially leading to the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to Washington in early April at a conference with Biden. North Korea tested ICBM four years ago when then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Trump.