(TFC) – Russian media is reporting the test of a sub- launched intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). This missile test, like the many of similar US tests, has raised no alarm in the media and has not led the international community to consider aggression.
Both the United States and Russia have recent histories of aggression against other nations, while North Korea does not. So the question arises as to why North Korea’s tests trigger such a response in the media and the international community.
Bulava is Russia’s cutting-edge intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM). Equipped with 10 warheads with a 9,000-kilometer range, it is even capable of withstanding nuclear attack.
“The Yury Dolgoruky… successfully test-fired a Bulava ICBM from the designated area in the Barents Sea at the Kura range in Kamchatka,” the statement said.
The launch was made from an underwater position in accordance with the combat training plan, the ministry said. The parameters of the flight trajectory of the Bulava ICBMs have been worked out in the regular mode.
According to the confirmed control data, ICBM combat units completed the full flight cycle and successfully hit the targets at the test site, the ministry added.
Intercontinental ballistic missile R-30 Bulava should become primary weapon for ballistic missile submarines of the Borei class (Project 955), which is intended to replace the Delta III, Delta IV and Typhoon classes now in Russian Navy service.
The main submarine of this project is Yury Dolgoruky.
The immediate response by most when considering the international response to the tests is to point to North Korea’s human rights record. It should be noted the United States was just implicated in torture camps in Yemen, and Russia’s human rights record is no better.
Is there another reason why North Korea’s tests are so much more controversial?