North Korea's missile launch - the second in a week and apparently the third since U.S. President Biden took office on January 20th this year.
But, highly likely one that crosses the United Nation's red line.
Let's bring in our senior North Korea analyst Dr. Go Myong-hyun, senior research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Dr. Go, a year without any weapons test and now two in a space of just two days. This time ballistic missile fired into the East Sea. So, it's on a much higher end of the provocation spectrum than Sunday's missile launch. You told me right here on this very show last night that we should expect more from Pyeongyang and here we are. Tell us about the timing and their intentions. Its significance? What's running through the mind of its leader Kim Jong-un?
This time, it appears to be ballistic and that's in violation of UNSC resolutions. What can the U.S. and the UN do now? Pyeongyang is already under pretty severe sanctions by the international community and YET they seem to have enough to fund their weapons development and tests, obviously. How are they funding their weapons development program?
Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga was quick to condemn the launch, calling it a serious breach of the UN Security Council resolutions, whereas South Korea's NSC was more cautious, expressing deep concerns and not giving a clear confirmation on whether they were ballistic missiles. How do you interpret the difference and what are the implications?
Where do you see this going? What is North Korea's goal here?
Thank you Dr. Go for your insights.