Inside North Korea’s Accelerated Plan to Build a Viable Missile

Peace and Freedom

Kim Jong Un has modernized the weapons program, sped test launches and forced Western leaders to worry more about Pyongyang’s intentions than ever

 
North Korea’s Missile Advancements
In five years under dictator Kim Jong Un, North Korea has tested more missiles than in the previous three decades, pursuing its goal of developing one that can carry a nuclear warhead as far as the U.S. mainland. Here’s what we know about North Korea’s missile program. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Updated May 14, 2017 8:02 p.m. ET

SEOUL—North Korea’s launch on Sunday of its most-sophisticated missile yet offered new clues into how serious the country is in its nuclear ambitions.

In the past three years, North Korea has launched more major missiles than in the three previous decades combined.

That acceleration is one of the most dramatic signs of leader Kim…

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