Inside Story

Why did Pyongyang fire new missiles?

After a diplomatic breakdown, North Korea has resumed firing missiles.

Once again, Kim Jong Un has put the United States and its neighbours on high alert. It happened after Japanese and South Korean defence systems detected projectiles being launched from North Korea.

Critics say Kim is using his military complex to send a political message just a week after he travelled to meet President Vladimir Putin in Russia.

That action is adding to already mounting tensions, after Trump and Kim’s failure to reach an agreement at their summit in Hanoi last February.

So, what message is it sending?

And can diplomacy still reduce tension in the Korean Peninsula?

Presenter: Adrian Finigan


Einar Tangen – China political Analyst

Robert Kelly – professor of international relations at Pusan National University

Aidan Foster-Carter – honorary senior research in sociology and modern Korea at Leeds University