As the world focuses on Ukraine, North Korea has launch a ballistic missile off its east coast.
This was North Korea’s ninth missile test this year and indicates the country’s push to get weapons of mass destruction. However, US Indo-Pacific Command has stated, “does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, territory or that of our allies.”
The tests violate UN Security Council resolutions, but that same council is chaired by Russia which is currently invading a sovereign nation.
The Biden administration has focused on Ukraine, but the North Korea tests show that other challenges exist for the administration. Including the China-Taiwan relationship. It remains unclear how the administration plans to tackle these issues in the Pacific.
Reports have also indicated that the North Korean regime has continued enrichment of plutonium and enriched uranium in its drive to obtain nuclear weapons.