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What’s behind the sudden increase in missile tests from North Korea?

By Justin McCurry

06 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

North Korea just carried out its sixth missile launch in two weeks. The Guardian explains how Kim Jong-un is trying to take advantage of global political instability.

Millions of residents of northern Japan will have felt a sense of deja vu on Tuesday morning when they were alerted to a North Korean missile flying overhead. Five years earlier, they had twice been shaken from their slumber by Japanese government warnings to seek shelter after missile launches by Pyongyang.

The intermediate-range missile involved in this week’s test was far from buzzing the rooftops of Hokkaido farmhouses – it flew at an altitude of 1,000km as it made its way to the Pacific Ocean, where it splashed down, without incident, more than 3,000km east of Japan.

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