This sixth-round missile test has been reported by South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. It has been detected that the launch of the missiles happened at about 8 a.m. (2300 GMT) from near Hamhung, on the east coast of North Korea. They reached about 190 km to an altitude of 20 km, Reuters reported Thursday (January 27, 2022).
North Korea declared to increase its anti-US defenses and explore resuming "all temporally-suspended activities," a clear link to a self-imposed ban on nuclear and long-range missile tests. This test followed two hypersonic missiles test earlier this month.
The test is to develop new defense capabilities and to show that North Korea is ready and versatile for potential conflict in the future.
"The (Kim Jong Un) regime is developing an impressive diversity of offensive weapons despite limited resources and serious economic challenges," said Leif-Eric Easley, an international affairs professor at Ewha University in Seoul.
Easley highlighted that the test is simply to attract attention, but Pyongyang is putting in a lot of effort in what it sees as an arms competition with Seoul.
North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Han Tae Song, accused the US of showing hundreds of "joint war drills" while sending high-tech offensive military equipment and nuclear strategic weapons into South Korea.
The US remains committed to diplomacy and invites North Korea to start a dialogue.