For many, the world feels far less safe under President Joe Biden than it did with former President Donald Trump in the White House.
That feeling was evidenced once again, as reported by Fox News, after it was revealed Tuesday that North Korea continued its string of recent missile tests by firing off two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.
The surprise missile launch reportedly occurred just hours after the United States “reaffirmed its offer to resume diplomacy on its weapons program,” Fox noted.
According to a Reuters report, the test-firing was especially significant, as South Korean officials confirmed that at least one of the missiles was likely fired by a North Korean submarine, known as a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff released a statement on North Korea’s latest act of aggression in the region, reporting that one of the missiles was fired off from waters near the eastern port of Sinpo.
The U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command said that the launch didn’t threaten U.S. interests, but slammed the test-firing as “destabilizing,” especially given the fact that it occurred not long after South Korean officials met with their counterparts in Washington D.C. to discuss the nuclear standoff with the rogue nation.
Reuters added that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres encouraged North Korea to follow Security Council resolutions that ban such missile tests, though North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un doesn’t appear to be worried about such resolutions.
Officials from both South Korea and the U.S. were also attempting to determine if the missiles were the same new smaller version that North Korea revealed recently at an exhibit in Pyongyang.
Experts worry that smaller, advanced missiles developed by North Korea could provide it the capability needed to conduct a launch against South Korea with minimal detection capabilities.
Last month, Reuters reported that a North Korean missile launch at the time, which they claimed was launched from a submarine, marks the first non-nuclear nation to develop such capabilities, adding new fears that the country is gearing up for a potential act of aggression in the future.
If the test this week was also submarine-launched, it would certainly confirm those fears.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that North Korea seemingly feels as it has free reign to conduct such tests, as President Biden appears to sorely lack the street cred Trump had built with North Korea during his time as president. Hopefully, the world doesn’t pay a tragic price as a result of Biden’s weak and ineffective foreign policy leadership.