Inside the Ring: Missile Test Surge

A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul

U.S. intelligence agencies that monitor foreign missile tests have been working overtime in the past several weeks keeping tabs on test firings by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

China Confirms Multiple-Warhead Missile Test in South China Sea

China's newest ICBM, the DF-41

China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday confirmed that Beijing fired its newest long-range missile in a test this week into the South China Sea, amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Responding to a report in the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday, the ministry defended the missile launch in an unusual confirmation of a nuclear system test.

“It is normal for China to execute scientific experiments within its territory, and these experiments are not aimed at any specific country nor target,” the ministry said.