Last month, South Korea conducted its first submarine-launched ballistic missile test. At the time, it was called the seventh country in the world with SLBMs, after the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and India, refusing to accept the North as a full-fledged SLBM power.
The two Koreas are in an arms race as the nuclear and ballistic capabilities of the North have developed and the South retaliated by deploying its own more powerful warplanes and missiles.
North Korea carried out its last missile test on September 30, when it tested a newly developed anti-aircraft missile. Outside officials and analysts are watching North Korea’s weapons launches closely, as some of the country’s missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
North Korea’s weapons have become a growing security concern in the region. The country has carried out eight missile tests this year, including missiles launched from trains coming out of tunnels and what the North has claimed to be a hypersonic missile. Last week, it showed its growing arsenal of missiles at one of its biggest military equipment displays, as its leader, Kim Jong-un, said he didn’t believe repeated claims by the States- United that he had no hostile intent. towards his country.
Several United Nations Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from developing and testing ballistic missile technology. In 2017, North Korea tested three intercontinental ballistic missiles and carried out its sixth underground nuclear test. At the end of this year, Kim said his country has the capacity to launch a nuclear strike against the continental United States.
He then met with President Donald J. Trump three times to push the United States to ease sanctions. Their diplomacy collapsed without an agreement on canceling the northern nuclear weapons program or lifting international sanctions imposed on the country.
Mr. Kim has since resumed his missile testing. At a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party in the North in January, Mr Kim provided a detailed list of weapons he said his country was developing to help counter foreign aggression.