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[August-September] North Korea's Provocations in 2022

August 17, 2022 North Korea fired two suspected cruise missiles from Onchon County, South Pyongan Province, toward the western sea as South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol marked his 100th day in office. The South Korean military reportedly assessed that the test aims to develop a long-range cruise missile system. This missile test firing is one of around 10 discrete cruise missile test firings that have been conducted since 2020. (source: Korea Herald ) North Korea launches cruise missiles on the 100th day of President Yoon's inauguration (source :  Donga-ilbo ) September 25, 2022 North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the East Sea from an area around Taechon, North Pyongan Province, at 6:53 a.m(KST). The missile flew about 372 miles (600km) at an apogee of 60km and a top speed of Mach 5. (source: Yonhap News ) North Korea's Ballistic missile launch (source: Korea Joongang Daily, Sept. 26, 2022) September 28, 2022 North Korea fired two short-range ballistic mi

[June-July] North Korea's Provocations in 2022

  June 5, 2022 North Korea fired eight short-range ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast. The missiles were said to have been fired between 9:08 a.m. and 9:43 a.m.(KST) from the Sunan area of Pyongyang, as well as three other locations. The missiles flew 110 to 670 kilometers (68 to 416 miles) at maximum altitudes of 25 to 90 kilometers while reaching speeds of Mach 3 to 6.  The tests marked North Korea's 18th this year, the third since South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was sworn into office on May 10. (source: Korea Joongang Daily ) South Korea and U.S. urgently meet after North Korea's missile provocation (source :  Donga-ilbo ) June 12,, 2022 North Korea fired artillery shots , presumably from multiple rocket launchers, between 8:07 a.m to 11:03 a.m(KST). The exact number of shots launched and the origin of the firing are unknown.   The launch came a week after North Korea fired eight short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea. (source: Yonhap News

[April-May] North Korea's Provocations in 2022

April 16, 2022 North Korea launched two short-range projectiles from its eastern city of Hamhung in South Hamkyong Province into the East Sea around 6 p.m.(KST). They flew 110 kilometers and reached an apogee of 25 kilometers and a top speed of Mach 4, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. North Korea has used the "new type guided tactical weapon" to describe its KN-23 or KN-24 short-range ballistic missiles. This solid-fuel close-range ballistic missile launched from a transporter erector launcher (TEL) seen in photos released by the KCNA appeared to be an upgraded variation of KN-23s, North Korea's version of Russia's Iskander-type missiles. (source: Korea Joongang Daily ) Kim Jong Un Observes fire of new-type tactical guided weapon (source:  Donga-ilbo ) May 4, 2022 North Korea launched a ballistic missile eastward from the capital city of Pyongyang at around 12:03 p.m.(KST) before the inauguration of the Yoon Suk-yeol government and the South Kor

[February-March] North Korea's Provocations in 2022

  February 27, 2022 North Korea launched a projectile "presumed to be a ballistic missile" into the East Sea from Sunan airfield where Pyongyang's international airport is located at 7:52 a.m.(KST). Pyongyang reportedly launched the ballistic missile from a transporter erector launcher(TEL). The missile might have flown some 300 kilometers (186 miles) with an altitude reaching 620 kilometers, according to the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missile's flight path indicates that North Korea could have launched a medium-range ballistic missile on a lofted and high-angle trajectory. The South Korean military mentioned the possibility that it was a two-stage and solid-fueled Pukguksong-2 or KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile. This eighth launch since January meant a resumption of North Korea's missile provocations 28 days after a short break during the Beijing Winter Olympics from Feb. 4 to 20. And it  came less than two weeks ahead of South Korea's Marc

[January] North Korea's Provocations in 2022

Jan. 5, 2022 Around 08:10 a.m.(KST), North Korea fired  a hypersonic missile  into the East Sea from Mupyung-ri, the Jagang Province area. Japan's Defense Ministry said a ballistic missile had flown about 500 km before landing in waters outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.  Hypersonic glide missiles can avoid detection longer than ballistic missiles because they fly towards targets at lower altitudes(thereby evading radar systems) at 6,200 km per hour or five times the speed of sound. North Korea had not responded to repeated calls from South Korea and the United States to return to denuclearization talks. The Biden administration said he would meet North Korea "anytime, anywhere" without preconditions.  KCNA, North Korea's state-run media, reported that the hypersonic gliding warhead detached from the missile and flew 120km laterally before it precisely hit its target 700km away. This ballistic missile launch - the first in 2022- came 78 days after the North&