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The Reach of North Korea’s Weapons

MIN READJan 25, 2022 | 23:23 GMT

People watch a news broadcast with file footage of a missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 25, 2022, after North Korea fired two suspected cruise missiles according to South Korea's military.

People watch a news broadcast with file footage of a missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 25, 2022, after North Korea fired two suspected cruise missiles according to South Korea's military.

(JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

North Korea’s January missile tests highlight Pyongyang’s continued focus on strengthening its conventional military deterrent capability while keeping pace with advancements in South Korea’s missile developments, as well as expanded anti-missile systems in Korea and the broader region. A more robust conventional deterrent would give North Korea more confidence in its relations with the United States and its neighbors, and may offer Pyongyang greater room for escalation if political or security relations worsen. ...

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