As per the report by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea has successfully test fired two cruise missiles off the West Coast on 21st March 2021. It marks first missile test of Pyongyang since 14th April 2020.

Firing of two cruise missiles is being seen as testing administration of the USA President, Joe Biden. North Korea has maintained a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing since 2017.

US’s stand

The United States of America made no big deal with respect to the firings. President Biden just said “nothing much has changed”. The senior administration officials were of the view that, launches were not in violation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. A senior US administration official considered the launches as normal military activity by North Korea.

Backdrop

On 14th April 2020, North Korea had launched its multiple short-range cruise missiles into East Sea to mark the birthday of late national founder and South Korea’s general elections.

North Korea–USA relations

The Bilateral political and diplomatic relations of North Korea and the United States of America have been historically hostile since Korean War (25 Jun 1950 – 27 Jul 1953). The current relation between the countries is largely defined by USA economic sanctions against North Korea for North Korea’s nuclear program, Joint USA-South Korea military exercises in South China Sea, Heavy USA military presence in South Korea and North Korea’s demand of eliminating USA nuclear arsenal which could reach Korean peninsula. Both the countries have not adopted “No First Use Nuclear Weapons Policy”.

Nuclear Weapons Program of North Korea

This Program comprises of six tests of nuclear weapons and development of long-range missiles which have the capability to strike targets thousands of miles away. It also comprises of North Korea’s ongoing threats to strike USA and South Korea with the help of nuclear weapons and conventional forces.

US Nuclear Weapons Program

The United States of America launched its Nuclear Weapon Program in Guam island which comprise of B1-B bombers and B2 Spirit bombers. these nuclear weapons are 60 times more destructive than bomb dropped on Nagasaki. USA conducts precision strike exercises to simulate pre-emptive nuclear strike against North Korea, from Guam.

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