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Provocations even before Biden's landing in the U.S.; N. Korea's intention is? Updated: 2022-05-25 17:06:27 KST

North Korea's firing of three missiles came just one day after Joe Biden wrapped up his first Asia trip as the President of the United States and before he had even landed back on U.S. soil.
It was the 17th show of force for this year, and the second since President Yoon Suk-yeol took office on May 10th.
One expert says that such a show of force by the North is its way of showing that it has the upper hand in the region.

"After the new administration kicked off, North Korea would've been mulling over what its stance should be towards issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula. Through these provocations it's trying to strengthen its voice."

Although the provocations were predicted, the intensity of them has gone up with a mixture of both long and short-range ballistic missiles being launched.
One expert says that in doing so Pyeongyang is targeting both South Korea and the United States after the two agreed to expand joint exercises and bolster their extended deterrence.

"Almost all elements that might've prompted North Korea to take action were included in the summit. Especially the resumption of large-scale joint military exercises and the deployment of U.S. strategic assets. These are what North Korea has been fiercely opposing.”

And with President Yoon Suk-yeol unwilling to bend over backwards to appease North Korea, experts say more intensified provocations including a nuclear test and additional ICBM missile launches are highly likely.

"Pyeongyang has clearly showed its provocation levels can go up by launching different types of missiles, including the Hwasong-17 ICBM. It is highly possible that it'll launch more missiles or carry out a nuclear test in an unpredictable way."

Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.
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