Report: North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead of Yoon's Inauguration

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    The Facts

    • Japanese and South Korean officials said a ballistic missile was fired by North Korea eastward into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.

    • This is the first launch since Kim Jong Un vowed to ramp up his development of nuclear arms at a military parade on April 25.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    North Korea's actions pose a severe threat to peace and to the stability of the Korean peninsula. The US has so far failed to prevent the DPRK from becoming a nuclear power; it's time to take a strong stance.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    North Korea's actions are defensive. Powerful weapons are needed for nuclear war deterrence, and to avert imperialist threats and blackmail.

    Establishment split



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