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DPRK launched ballistic missile on Saturday

  • March 5, 2022
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All Sunday papers wrote that North Korea test-launched a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday morning, saying that as it flew some 270 kilometers at a maximum height of 560 kilometers before splashing down outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the Defense Ministry reportedly speculated that the latest projectile was launched on a lofted trajectory. The dailies said the launch was North Korea’s ninth this year and was perhaps aimed at further honing its ballistic missile technology while the United States is preoccupied with the crisis in Ukraine. The provocation, which Pyongyang later claimed was a “key experiment for the development of a new reconnaissance satellite,” was also probably aimed at gaining negotiating leverage vis-à-vis Washington ahead of the resumption of denuclearization talks in the future. The articles noted that Japan lodged a protest against the launch through its embassy in Beijing, adding that Pyongyang may step up its provocations by potentially test-launching an ICBM around April 15 to mark the 110th birthday of DPRK founder Kim Il Sung.

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