What to make of North Korea’s third successful MRLS test this year
As diplomacy has stalled, Pyongyang has enhanced its already-formidable conventional war-fighting capability
On Thursday, North Korea carried out the 12th missile testing event of its busy 2019 testing campaign, firing off two of its new “super-large multiple rocket launcher” system (MLRS).
In terms of sheer numbers of missiles launched, this year’s campaign is tied with 2016 as the busiest to date in the Kim Jong Un era. With the addition of the two 600 mm missiles launched this week, Kim’s 2019 testing campaign stands at 24 missiles.
Any additional missile launches this year would leave 2019 on record as the busiest missile-testing year in North Korean history. It’s hard not
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