North Korea has been increased its missile testing in recent weeks. The most recent included eight short-range ballistic missiles that were fired off the East coast of the country. The testing occurred on Sunday, one day after the US and South Korea finished their combined military exercises. The exercise between both countries was the first involving a US aircraft in more than four years.
U.S. Special Representative Sung Kim visited Seoul a day before the missile tests. According to Fox News, “He met his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, Kim Gunn and Takehiro Funakoshi, on Friday to prepare for “all contingencies” amid signs North Korea was preparing to conduct a nuclear test for the first time since 2017.”
Recently, the US called for more U.N. sanctions on North Korea. The measure was vetoed by China and Russia. This was the first time the U.N. Security Council for North Korea was publicly split. The council began punishing North Korea in 2006 after it conducted its first nuclear test.
During the testing, North Korea launched the largest ICBM, the Hwasong-17.