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.

North Korea Reportedly Readies Another Missile Test Launch

North Korean underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea appears to be preparing a test-launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after what the United States described as the “fiery, catastrophic” failure of the first attempt.

Provocations, Defections Multiply as North Korean Party Congress Approaches

Kim Jong Un

Kiev, Ukraine—Ballistic missile and short-range rocket launches, test detonations of low-yield nuclear devices, and regular outbursts of violent anti-U.S. rhetoric have become almost regular occurrences in North Korea. Specialists on North Korea who spoke with the Washington Free Beacon said that the impetus for these provocations is the upcoming Seventh Party Congress of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, which will take place in May.