North Korea wants to show they are not intimidated by the allied exercises, and the long-range tests signal they continue to work on perfecting ICBM technology.Senior researcher, Hong Min, Korea Institute for National Unification. North Korea test-launched one intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and two short-range missiles on Thursday.
Why It Matters: North Korea launched more than 20 missiles on Wednesday – a record number of missile launches in one day – but Thursday's missile launches were distinct in that they included an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which can travel far distances and could be capable of reaching the United States (they can also carry nuclear warheads). The ICBM appears to have malfunctioned mid-flight but was flying above waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.
Timing: The U.S. and South Korea have been conducting annual military drills which were scheduled to last until Friday, November 4; following Thursday's launch, the two countries announced the combined aerial drills will go on for an unspecified amount of time. The U.S., which has about 28,000 troops located in South Korea, has maintained its position that it has no "hostile intent" towards North Korea – which has conducted an unprecedented amount of missile tests this year.
North Korea Fires Three Missiles, Including ICBM (The Wall Street Journal)
North Korea keeps up its missile barrage with launch of ICBM (The Associated Press)
by Jenna Lee,