By Tom Fowdy
January 31, 2022
North Korea has just conducted its most significant missile test in years, to the alarm of many in the West. A Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) was launched on a lofted trajectory into space, before landing in the East Sea.
Despite Pyongyang’s self-declared cessation of all longer-range testing, this was its seventh test so far in 2022, and a stark reminder of its discontent with a United States that it considers to be refusing to negotiate with it on equal terms. It also demonstrates the inadequacy of the peace process led by outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has effectively had his hands tied by Washington.