What the latest North Korean missiles mean

„In July and early August, North Korea launched short-range missiles that were seen as a response to joint US/South Korea military exercises. The launches involved short-range ballistic missiles flying at lower altitudes; such missiles are more difficult to track, and represent a new headache for the US and South Korea.

South Korea’s National Security Council has expressed concern over how such missile activity could have a negative impact on efforts to build peace on the Korean Peninsula. Think-tanks and research institutes that specialize in North Korea have speculated that the North may actually have higher-grade, higher-capacity weapons than the international community had previously thought.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump does his best to put a positive spin on his relationship with Kim Jong Un, with his reactions suggesting that the US can somehow tolerate short-range missile tests.“ (…)