February 25, 2024

Ukraine crisis could spark North Korean long-range missile testing, experts say

Analysts tell NK News that DPRK will closely monitor US ability to coordinate international response to weapons tests

Conflict in Ukraine may provide cover for North Korea to conduct long-range missile testing free of punishment, analysts told NK News on Thursday, echoing South Korean presidential hopeful Yoon Suk-yeol’s remarks from earlier this week.

North Korea conducted a record-breaking seven missile launch events in January, but hasn’t tested anything since the Beijing Winter Olympics began. Now, with the main program of the Olympics complete, experts say the crises in Eastern Europe could pull global attention in Pyongyang’s favor.