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North and South Korea Fury: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. North Korea ‘warns’ South Korea with missile test

North Korea has fired short-range missiles in the Sea of Japan, from Wonsan on North Korea’s east coast, and called the test of two new missiles on Thursday a “solemn warning” against what it described as “South Korean warmongers”. North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un said he was forced to develop new missiles to “eliminate potential and direct threats”. The North Korean leader continued to say that South Korea should “not make a mistake of ignoring the warning”. It appears the tests are a response to the upcoming US-South Korean joint military drills, which NK have long been opposed to, based on fears of a possible invasion. It is important to note the joint drills are an annual event.

2. First hostile act since Trump-Kim meeting

The missile tests are the first military tests since Kim and Trump met in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, signalling that after a period of positive relations and optimism, tensions may now increase, even more so, should the US and South Korea go ahead with their plans of large-scale military drills. Pyongyang also continues to demonstrate its abilities to develop new weapons despite strict economic sanctions. Earlier this week Mr Kim inspected a new type of submarine, state media reported, which could be developed to carry ballistic missiles, according to some analysts.

3. The US and South Korea do not see tests as a threat

Despite this, South Korean-U.S. military command said on Friday a North Korean missile launch the previous day was not a threat directed at South Korea or the United States and had “no impact on our defence posture”. Both nations simply see it as a test of a new type of missile for the military of North Korea. This reaction is not the usual as the US usually responds negatively to North Korean development of new weapons, but is clearly a reaction to earlier talks between Trump and Kim, where it was agreed that NK would reduce their nuclear arsenal, but maintain the improvement of normal military equipment.


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