North Korea using US-ROK drills as cover to carry out missile tests, experts say
Latest launch of Hwasong-17 ICBM aims to break up alliance coordination and introduces improvements to missile design
North Korea is making use of ongoing U.S.-ROK military exercises to minimize negative fallout from its latest Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test and is unlikely to face punishment at the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), analysts told NK Pro on Friday.
North Korea’s pattern of responding to ongoing joint exercises with major missile testing suggests Pyongyang may even consider a “hot test” nuclear missile detonation, one observer said.
But the DPRK’s consistent use of Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport points to limitations in the nation’s launch program, technical specialists
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