Of all of the nations of world, perhaps few are as feared for their violent spontaneity as North Korea.
The hermit kingdom has long been one of the most prescient antagonists on the planet, often waxing and waning in their recklessness in order to conjure softer sanctions for themselves in the process.
Besides, most of the time their braggadocios ballistic missile launches are decades behind the modern standard, leaving the world to giggle a bit behind their backs.
In 2022, however, things have taken a turn.
A suspected ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Tuesday was more advanced than the missile Pyongyang tested last week, reaching a velocity of more than 10 times the speed of sound, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Tuesday’s projectile was launched from Jangang province, near the North Korean border with China and landed in the ocean between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, its flight covering a distance of more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) and reaching a height of 60 kilometers (37 miles), the statement said.
The missile piqued the interest of the world at large.
Assessment of the test by South Korean and United States intelligence was ongoing, but initial analysis showed Tuesday’s test, in which the projectile reached a speed of Mach 10 was of a more advanced weapon than the test North Korea conducted last Thursday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs said.
That test was of what North Korean state media claimed was a hypersonic missile, the second alleged test of such a weapon by the Kim Jong Un regime. However, many experts doubted this claim.
If true, there are certainly going to be plenty of fingers pointed at Russia and China, both of whom have been steadily launching tests of these nigh-impervious weapons.