Ankit Panda is the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor-at-large at The Diplomat. Follow him on Twitter at @nktpnd.
Much still unknown about deployment strategy, but Kim Jong Un could delegate authority to use weapons to army units
Even artillery rockets can qualify as missiles, but South Korea has not specified range threshold for publicizing tests
Pyongyang appears to be making progress in operational training to validate mass production standards for missiles
Examining puzzling flights paths, use of Sunan launch site and state media silence after latest test of three missiles
Hypersonic vehicles, Hwasong-17 ICBMs and likely new solid fuel missile show centrality of DPRK’s modernization plan
Test launch may mark onset of dangerous new chapter in DPRK weapons development and foreshadow another nuclear test
Kim Jong Un likely one step closer to operationalizing long-range delivery vehicle for multiple nuclear warheads
Various factors may have caused catastrophic failure, but the DPRK will still learn from test to improve its designs
While US has said Punggye-ri could be made operational in weeks, there are no signs yet that DPRK is repairing tunnels
Pyongyang could frame future launch with civilian pretext as it pushes forward military modernization campaign
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