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.