Daily US Times: On Thursday, North Korea said it test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile, its fourth weapons test in under a month.
The latest missile test comes days after the country launched a new hypersonic missile which is believed to have nuclear capabilities.
Anthony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, said the tests “create greater prospects for instability and insecurity”.
The North says its weapons are needed for self-defence, accusing the United States and South Korea of “double standards”.
The latest tests are being seen as a clear sign that North Korea has no intentions on slowing down its weapons development despite strict sanctions.
The new anti-aircraft missile showed “remarkable combat performance” and also included “new key technologies”, according to state news outlet KCNA.
The test came a day after Kim Jong-un extended a conditional olive branch towards South Korea, saying he wanted to restore a vital communication hotline between them.
The North Korean leader however, also accused Washington of “touting ‘diplomatic engagement’… but it is no more than a petty trick for deceiving the international community and hiding its hostile acts”.
Some analysts believe that is an indication that North Korea is keen to separate Washington and Seoul by pursuing communication with South Korea but cutting off the US.
However, it is possible that Pyongyang will be counting on Seoul to push the US for sanctions relief and other concessions.
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