North Korea tested a new system at the beginning of the week nuclear weapons under water on its east coast. It was revealed in the press today, four days ago, justifying it by the recent aggressive military maneuvers in United States, South Korea and Japan. North Korea’s latest test proves a rising tension on the peninsula that is endlessly intuited.
The system consists of a drone which was already presented in Pyongyang months ago but about which little is known. The press does not provide evidence and the victorious statements of the country recommend caution. The drone, named “hello” or tsunami in Korean, is said to have the ability to penetrate between enemy sea lines and release a radioactive explosion which drags any fleet to the bottom of the sea. Its purpose is to discourage those periodic exercises near its waters that are understood as invasion rehearsals. “Our counter-strike capabilities, based on our military’s nuclear weapons, are being further refined, and various countermeasures will continue to be deterred. hostile military maneuvers of the navies of the United States and its allies,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said.
A mess in the arms
North Korea continues its arms race. On Sunday he tried something new medium range missile with solid fuel and greeted the new year with five artillery rounds towards the south coast. Soon, he successfully launched, and after many failures, his first spy satellite. More than likely he had the help of Russian technology, where he strengthened his alliance. The North Korean underwater drone, in fact, seems to be inspired by a Russian torpedo. The Poseidon, launched from a submarine, it can carry conventional or nuclear payloads and has almost unlimited autonomy to destroy the American coast. Poseidon and Haeil were united because of the lack of evidence offered.
The current crisis is responding to a well-worn dynamic. It doesn’t matter if the chicken or the egg came first, the North Korean missile or the maneuvers of the allies, because they both justify their actions in previous challenges. Washington, Seoul and Tokyo practiced their military exercises between Monday and Wednesday with the collaboration of the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Pyongyang accused them of “destabilize the region” and the answer is taken for granted.
Ready for battle
North Korea is at pains to explain that this is not just a crisis. Kim Jong-un, its leader, has warned his Army that it must prepare for war to break out at any time. He also rejected the longed-for reunification of the south and even asked the National People’s Congress to tear down a monument his father had erected in this regard. And this week he called Seoul his “main enemy“. The conflict remains and nothing allows for optimism. The social democrats have been replaced by conservatives in Seoul, who are more inclined to the stick than the carrot, and Joe Biden does not show the same interest in the small and distant country as Donald Trump.
Only the pandemic, which has forced North Korea to prioritize its emergencies, has dampened the noise. The launches of missiles They are not the only evidence that the country continues to be normal. Also the flow of the abandoned. Last year, 196 arrived in South Korea, according to its Unification Ministry. They are almost triple those recorded in previous years, when North Korea closed its doors, ordered its soldiers to shoot anything moving across the border and did not even allow its officials to return. The previous volume, however, was far from over. The current ones are about a fifth of the thousand that were registered last year pre-pandemic. Among those who left last year were a dozen elite officials, according to Seoul. The reasons that pushed them to flee, he added, were disagreements with the regime and hunger of Kim Jong-un.