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Kim Jong-un attends N. Korea's recent missile test: Analysis Updated: 2022-01-12 17:15:25 KST

North Korea fired another missile on Tuesday in less than a week, and it claims the latest launch was also a hypersonic missile and it was a success.
Its leader Kim Jong-un attended to watch the test.
What does this mean?
For more, we have Dr. Go Myong-hyun, our senior North Korea analyst live in the studio.
Dr. Go, thank you for coming on.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended yesterday's missile test.
It's the first time since March 2020 that Kim went in person to watch the test.
What does this mean?

What do you say in terms of North Korea bolstering its weapons capabilities during a time when dialogue with Seoul and Washington remains stalled?
Is it creating a vicious cycle of distrust? Or does it make the need for dialogue more urgent?

Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong hasn't been reportedly promoted, but she was also seen at the test site.
How do you interpret her role in North Korea?

The U.S. condemned the North's missile launch but it does not see it as an "immediate threat."
Pyeongyang hasn't recently crossed the so-called U.S. red line.
Why do you think it hasn't? Or do you expect potential ICBM or nuclear tests by the regime in the future?

The UN Security Council has convened a closed-door meeting following last week's missile test by the North, but reportedly to no avail.
Some are questioning the effectiveness of the council meeting.
Why do you think it's so hard for them to come up with any outcome?

Dr. Go Myong-hyun from the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Thank you for your insights.
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