The Western military alliance has an eye on both Russia and China
It’s the 10th country to accomplish such a feat
Demonstrations are the latest show of force by the two allies
Some fear an escalation; others say it will help deter North Korea
Experts say there’s still little reason to trust Pyongyang’s outbreak numbers
It’s the North’s 17th round of launches this year
Latest comment casting doubt on US ‘strategic ambiguity’
US wants to protect interests but doesn't want to be seen violating principles
The apparent failure comes as US officials warned of an impending North ICBM test
Moscow’s war has forced some countries off the sidelines
So far, North Korea has rejected global vaccine offers.
China may be reluctant to support Russia’s invasion, analysts say.
Pyongyang says it tested the Hwasong-12; defense analysts put its range at 4,500 kilometers.
Missile frenzy appears aimed in part at pressuring the US, South Korea.
North Korea this week resumed railway links with China for first time in two years.
China, Russia likely to oppose effort.
The US, South Korea and Japan initially said Pyongyang’s first launch of 2022 involved a less advanced ballistic missile.
The island chain, which hosts many US bases, has been hit hard by COVID-19.
South Korea’s military said the North fired what appeared to be a single ballistic missile from an inland area toward the sea off its east coast.
The country faces tough winter as it enters the third year of strict pandemic measures.