Inside the Ring: Missile, Nuke Tests Detailed

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un / Getty Images

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SEOUL—New details emerged here regarding recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests, Inside the Ring has learned.

First, North Korea succeeded in developing its first intercontinental ballistic missile, the KN-20, in a relatively fast five to six years and with extensive assistance from both Russia and China.

The first test-firing of the KN-20 ICBM took place on July 4, 2017, and was described by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as an Independence Day "gift" for "American bastards," the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported at the time. A second KN-20 was launched 24 days later.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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Bill Gertz is senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon he was a national security reporter, editor, and columnist for 27 years at the Washington Times. Bill is the author of seven books, four of which were national bestsellers. His most recent book was iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age, a look at information warfare in its many forms and the enemies that are waging it. Bill has an international reputation. Vyachaslav Trubnikov, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, once called him a “tool of the CIA” after he wrote an article exposing Russian intelligence operations in the Balkans. A senior CIA official once threatened to have a cruise missile fired at his desk after he wrote a column critical of the CIA’s analysis of China. And China’s communist government has criticized him for news reports exposing China’s weapons and missile sales to rogue states. The state-run Xinhua news agency in 2006 identified Bill as the No. 1 “anti-China expert” in the world. Bill insists he is very much pro-China—pro-Chinese people and opposed to the communist system. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld once told him: “You are drilling holes in the Pentagon and sucking out information.” His Twitter handle is @BillGertz.

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