Here are two major events that happened this week in Asia, including South Korea-North Korea escalating tensions over the latter’s series of missile testing and a projection of the inevitable China-Taiwan war.

Pyongyang Continues To Taunt Seoul With Its Missile Testing

The back-and-forth between North Korea and South Korea continued to escalate this week as the former launched another missile test.

N. Korea Missile Testing
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervising Wednesday’s missile test, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. (Image source: Twitter)

According to state media Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), the test involving two long-range strategic cruise missiles was to confirm the reliability in addition to “enhancing the combat efficiency and might” of its nuclear-powered weapons that are currently employed by the Korean People’s Army “for the operation of tactical nukes.”

Leader Kim Jong Un also stressed that the test launch was to send another warning to its adversaries, unveiling that the country would “continue to expand the operational sphere of the nuclear strategic armed forces to resolutely deter any crucial military crisis and war crisis at any time and completely take the initiative in it,” KCNA quoted.

Moreover, the state media reported that the North Korean leader personally oversaw the nuclear tactical drills over the past two weeks in retaliation for recent extensive naval exercises by South Korea and the US, including the use of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. It added that the two missiles test-fired on Wednesday soared across and struck their 2,000 km target for more or less 10,000 seconds.

A South Korean official has then remarked that, while the Pyongyang cruise missile can be easily intercepted considering its low speed, Seoul will keep its guards up and continue to monitor in real-time and “sternly respond” with force to any provocations from the North.

Nuclear Test To Resume Any Time Now

Speculations about the resumption of nuclear testing in North Korea have been circulating for some time, especially since news of completed technical preparations for a new test in the underground tunnels at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test site emerged. As to when it will start, only Pyongyang knows, really.

Kim is a notoriously unpredictable man, as demonstrated in 2017 when the country conducted a suspected hydrogen bomb test as well as launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of striking as far as the United States. While technical intelligence can now be obtained easily, thanks to technological advances, predicting such from a man like Kim would be impossible—or at least that’s what some Western officials residing in Seoul commented. Nonetheless, one thing is for sure: North Korea will definitely resume, especially after Kim said it no longer feels tied to the 2018 moratorium.