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This undated photo provided Sunday, April 17, 2022, by the North Korean government shows its leader Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location in North Korea. It said Sunday the country has successfully test-launched a newly developed tactical guided weapon. The official Korean Central News Agency said Kim observed the launch. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. K

This undated photo provided Sunday, April 17, 2022, by the North Korean government shows its leader Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location in North Korea. It said Sunday the country has successfully test-launched a newly developed tactical guided weapon. The official Korean Central News Agency said Kim observed the launch. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. K (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The newspaper stated the test was “carried out successfully.”

This undated photo provided Sunday, April 17, 2022, by the North Korean government shows a firing of a weapon an undisclosed location in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified.

This undated photo provided Sunday, April 17, 2022, by the North Korean government shows a firing of a weapon an undisclosed location in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The same day, North Korea’s state-run website Uriminzokkiri published a column criticizing the upcoming joint military drill between the South and U.S.

North Korea has historically viewed joint military drills between the U.S. and its allies as a threat to its sovereignty. The regime’s media organizations commonly publish state-sanctioned opinion columns railing against the drills, which are characterized as a precursor to an invasion.

David Choi is based in South Korea and reports on the U.S. military and foreign policy. He served in the U.S. Army and California Army National Guard. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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