North Korea’s missile launches have drawn significant attention from regional and global powers. The Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) stands out as a notable demonstration of North Korea’s military capabilities and serves as a show of strength. Beyond the immediate impact, these missile tests have far-reaching implications for the security dynamics in the Asia Pacific region. North Korea’s Hwasong-12 IRBM represents a substantial advancement in their missile technology. It poses a significant threat to neighboring countries and the United States. The successful development and testing of the Hwasong-12 demonstrate North Korea’s progress in advancing their missile capabilities, raising concerns among regional and global powers. A strategic analysis of the missile launch delineates the broader situation of security in Asia Pacific.
North Korea’s Hwasong-12 IRBM represents a substantial advancement in their missile technology. The successful development and testing of the Hwasong-12 demonstrate North Korea’s progress in advancing their missile capabilities, raising concerns among regional and global powers.
North Korea missile launch Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM). a show of strength to regional and global powers, and a practical need to test out new engineering and military command systems. The IRBM, traversed a significant distance after travelling roughly 800km (497 miles) and ascended to a height of 2,000km. The missile can fly up to 4,000km on a conventional trajectory and at maximum power. South Korean military believes that the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that North Korea previously launched was a solid-fuel missile. These ballistic missile tests could hasten South Korea’s and Japan’s efforts to increase the sharing of military intelligence on North Korea’s missile launches. Before adding the solid-fuel ballistic missile to the nation’s arsenal, Pyongyang conducts a third test, as has become normal for the military in recent years. The ballistic missile was launched by North Korea off the east coast of Japan. The joint chiefs of military of North Korean made this decision after threatening to take action in response to alleged US spy plane flights.
The missile travelled around 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) before landing into the water, according to South Korea’s military. After a 74-minute flight that reached an altitude of more than 6,000 km, the missile, according to Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, fell down roughly 250 km west of Japan’s Okushiri island. At the time it there was at a rare trilateral summit in Hawaii between the top US general, and his equivalents from South Korea and Japan. Following the meeting, which had been long anticipated, North Korea launched a missile. In order to better confront the growing threats from China and North Korea, Washington has been pressuring Seoul and Tokyo to cooperate more closely.
The ballistic missile was launched by North Korea off the east coast of Japan. The joint chiefs of military of North Korean made this decision after threatening to take action in response to alleged US spy plane flights.
The Hwasong-18 ICBM, a type of solid-fuel weapon that is more difficult to identify and intercept than the North’s other liquid-fuel ICBMs. The Hwasong-18 has previously been referred to as Kim Jong-un’s most potent nuclear weapon. The missile was reportedly launched at a high angle in an apparent effort to avoid nearby countries, according to South Korean and Japanese assessments.
This is North Korea’s 12th launch of the year. The government performed its first-ever solid-fuel ICBM test-fire in April, and in May it made an effort to launch what it referred to as its first-ever spy satellite on a new launch vehicle. North Korea’s missile launches have far-reaching implications for the security of the Asia Pacific region. The proximity of North Korea to countries like Japan and South Korea intensifies the level of threat posed by their missile program. The potential for North Korea to target major cities or military installations in these countries creates an environment of heightened tension and raises the stakes for regional security.
Additionally, the unpredictability of North Korea’s leadership and their willingness to employ aggressive military tactics further fuels concerns. The uncertainty surrounding their intentions and the potential for miscalculation increases the risks of an armed conflict in the region. The most recent launch comes after North Korea expressed vehement objections to US military actions in recent days, accusing US surveillance planes of invading its economic airspace and denouncing an American nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine’s recent visit to South Korea. Influential Kim Jong-un sister Kim Yo-jong promised “shocking” repercussions in response to US reconnaissance activity. She claimed that eight times a day, the US surveillance plane flew over the eastern EEZ of the North, prompting the North to launch warplanes to drive it away. Similar threats from North Korea have been made before regarding alleged US spying efforts, but its most recent declarations coincided with heightened hostility due to its blitz of missile tests.
Resolutions of the UN Security Council prohibit North Korea from using ballistic missile technology, including to launch satellites. North Korea has been sanctioned for its missile and nuclear weapons programmes by the security council and a number of other nations.
Asma Khan Durrani is an Islamabad-based expert in Strategic Affairs. She is a student of Defence and Strategic Studies. She has done M.Phil. from SPIR Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad. She has also been published internationally. She tweets @AsmaKhan_47 Mailed @ email@example.com