Tensions in Asia: North Korea fires a missile on New Year’s Day, Kim Jong-un orders the mass production of nuclear weapons

North Korea conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests in 2022 as the country continues its military development.

North Korea fired a new ballistic missile heading out to sea off its east coast in the early hours of Sunday, the South Korean military said. The short-range ballistic missile was fired at around 2:50 a.m. local time (1950 GMT) from around the capital Pyongyang and traveled about 400 kilometers, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the missile reached an altitude of about 100 km and traveled about 350 km before landing outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Securing “overwhelming” military power

Separately, the ruling Workers’ Party kicked off the fifth day of its annual meeting on Friday, which continued on Saturday and aims to outline its policy for 2023, the official news agency reported. North Korean KCNA.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued guidelines to strengthen Pyongyang’s defense capabilities as part of the meeting. He ordered the development of new intercontinental ballistic missiles and the massive production oftactical nukes in order to counter threats from the United States and South Korea, the official press reported on Sunday. Kim Jong-un stressed the need to bolster North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and secure “overwhelming” military power to protect the country’s sovereignty and security, the official KCNA news agency said. He accused Washington and Seoul of orchestrating a “conspiracy” to “isolate and suffocate” North Korea.

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