North Korea’s Record Year of 2022 for Missile Launching is Putting the Globe in Fear

By Aarti Dhapte, 14 March, 2023

North Korea launched its most missiles in a single day record in November 2022. It also included the one landing 60km off the South Korean coast. At the beginning of 2022, North Korea fired a missile over Japan which traveled 4,500km and finally fell into the Pacific Ocean.

As per the latest reports, Kim-Yo-Jong said the country could have turned the Pacific into a "firing range" after two missile tests were conducted on Monday's east coast. It was followed by the firing of an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) two days earlier to warn South Korea that actions like this further would only strengthen the argument order to develop its nuclear deterrent.

North Korean missiles were intensified immensely last year. With outstanding records by June 2022, they only increased further. The data shows North Korea has risen only after the test-less 2018. Two summits between U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2018 and 2019 brought tests to a halt but failed to get concrete results since the two nations got into a heated situation again more quickly.

North Korea's demonstration of the ability to reach the U.S. with its missiles led to a diplomatic crisis, and more missile tests were done in 2019 than in 2017. From 2018 to 2021, no intermediate missile tests were done or witnessed. But successful tests were done in 2022. According to western estimates, North Korea launched 84 missiles in 2022.

North Korean Missile Launches by Range
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