On Saturday, North Korea tried to show off its military power by rolling a launcher carrying what might be the nation’s largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile in a Pyongyang rally marking 75 years of power for North Korea’s ruling party.
It was hard to understand if the missile was active or simply a dummy, but the unprecedented spectacle less than a month ahead of the United States presidential election could raise the specter of coming North Korean weapons tests.
North Korea hasn’t tested an ICBM in almost 3 years. And the nation’s head, Kim Jong Un, conducted 3 high-wattage meetings with Trump after the flight of Hwasong-15, a missile believed to be capable of reaching the United States.
In 2020, North Korea has taken a hostile posture toward the United States, airing grievances & declaring its aversion to nuclear negotiations with Washington.