The members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reiterated their serious concern about the firing of a number of land- and submarine-launched ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Most recently, the DPRK test-fired a land-launched medium range ballistic missile – Musudan, a modified updated version of the Soviet R27 submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Five tests took place in just two months, and analysts wondered why the DPRK launched twice on a same day.
Indeed, “North Korean scientists did not have sufficient time to analyze each failed launch and incorporate improvements in the subsequent launch,” Dr. Go Myong-Hyun, a Research Fellow with the Seoul-based Asan Institute, told Cyceon. Therefore, the real objective was likely more political than technical with a view to pressuring the United States to recognize the DPRK as a de facto nuclear state, Go added. What now worries analysts the most is that the DPRK has apparently been able to successfully test vehicle entry.
It means the DPRK has augmented its ability to send a warhead 3,000 kilometers away, far enough to reach Guam, “a major deployment point for the US forces in case of hostilities on the Korean peninsula,” Dr. Go Myong-Hyun reminded. 33-year-old leader Kim Jong-Un is now in command of the whole North Korean military and political apparatus as chairman of the new State Affairs Commission that replaces the National Defense Commission. Kim is conveying the message to both North Korea’s top officials and to the US that he’s the supreme leader and that he supervised all the recent developments, reaffirming his determination about what he’s doing.
Note: In May 2015, Cyceon told about DPRK’s progress in submarine-launched ballistic technology.