North Korea re-tests advanced performance hypersonic ballistic missile

Although geopolitical attention is now focused more on the risk of conflict in Ukraine or around Taiwan, certain theaters less exposed to the media are still very active. This is particularly the case of the Korean Peninsula, while the two countries, North and South Korea, have for several years been engaged in intense competition in the field of long-range missiles. The year 2021 was thus marked by numerous tests on both sides, with notable advances both in the field of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. But it was unmistakably the September 28 test of a North Korean ballistic missile equipped…

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North Korea announces successful test of hypersonic glider

On September 28, the North Korean armed forces launched another short-range ballistic missile. But according to the state website Rodong Sinmun, this test was much more than just another expression of Pyongyang's annoyance at American maneuvers in South Korea and the Pacific, since it was, according to statements North Koreans, to test a new missile equipped with a hypersonic glider, the Hwasong-8. The launch was reportedly tracked by South Korean radars, with an apogee at 30 km and a recorded range of 200 km. But according to Pyongyang, the test would have given complete satisfaction, even going so far as to publish…

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The missile race accelerates on the Korean peninsula

After several months of calm, the missile race, whether ballistic or cruise, has experienced a rapid acceleration in recent days on either side of the 38th parallel of the Korean peninsula. Both Seoul and Pyongyang have indeed been engaged in a show of force posture for a few weeks, which has reached what we can think of as its climax today. Indeed, within just a few hours, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles in the Sea of ​​Japan, while its southern neighbor was carrying out the 3rd and supposedly last qualification test of its missile...

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North Korea tested new cruise missile with a range of 1500 km

Apart from the tests of two short-range ballistic missiles, Pyongyang had been rather discreet in recent months since the election of Joe Biden to the White House. Even the annual parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the country, held a few days ago in the North Korean capital, featured not new missiles and armaments as was the case last year, but civil society, and in particular the teams engaged in the fight against Covid19. It must be said that Kim Jung Un, who has ruled the country with an iron fist since the death of his father,…

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North Korea presents plethora of new armored vehicles for its 75th anniversary

North Korean armies have always had a reputation for being heavily equipped with severely outdated equipment. And the inventory of its armored fleet, which is based mainly on Soviet and Chinese productions of the 60s and 70s such as the T62 and the BTR-60, helped to perpetuate this perception, even if the North Korean engineers had known how to make the most of it. of these platforms in locally produced modernized versions such as the Pokpung-ho tank derived from the T-62 or the M-2010 armored personnel carrier derived from the BTR-80. But on the occasion of the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the creation of the People's Republic of North Korea, Pyongyang…

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North Korea to fire 2 new ballistic missiles in Sea of ​​Japan

On Saturday March 21, both South Korean and Japanese surveillance systems detected two consecutive ballistic missile launches from North Korea. The weapons flew over 450 km and peaked at 50 km before crashing into the Sea of ​​Japan. This is the third attempt of this type since the beginning of March, even as South Korea tries to emerge, apparently successfully, from the coronavirus epidemic which had hit it hard from from mid-February. If these shots triggered official protests from regional capitals, as well as from Washington, it…

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North Korea suspends nuclear and ballistic tests

North Korea announced on Friday, in an official statement on state television, that it was suspending its nuclear tests as well as its ballistic missile tests, and that it was closing its nuclear weapons development infrastructure. This announcement, which took most of the world's capitals by surprise, was warmly welcomed in South Korea, as well as in China. President Trump was quick to Tweet his satisfaction, expecting his meeting with the North Korean president in a month. Only Japan had a very measured, even skeptical reaction. Anyway, the Korean president has very skillfully set the context for…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he is ready to put all North Korean nuclear weapons on the negotiating table

During his surprise visit to China, during which he spoke at length with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un announced that he was ready to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula, provided that the United States United and South Korea do the same. According to the Chinese press, the Chinese president said he was willing to support this initiative. President Trump and the North Korean leader have agreed to a historic meeting, probably before the end of May, to try to negotiate a solution to the crisis that has pitted North Korea, South Korea and the United States for decades, which had noticeably intensified in recent years.…

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