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N. Korea's series of missile tests: Analysis Updated: 2022-01-17 17:12:04 KST

North Korea test-fired projectiles again on Monday, believed to be short-range ballistic missiles.
This is the fourth launch this month alone.
For more, we are joined by Korean studies Professor Andrei Lankov from Kookmin University.
Professor Lankov, thanks for joining us.

North Korea has been quiet since last October.
But it has test-launched missiles four times in January alone.
What's the reason and what does this mean?

North Korea previously claimed that it has test-fired hypersonic missiles.
And then last Friday's launch seems to have been ballistic missiles launched from a train.
And today's launches are also believed to be ballistic missiles.
How do you assess North Korea's weapons capabilities?

Do you think that North Korea has no intention of coming back to the negotiating table?
Or do you think it will resume dialogue after enhancing its leverage for negotiations?

So far, all the four launches were short-range missiles.
What do you see in terms of North Korea crossing the so-called U.S. red line, meaning ICBM or nuclear tests in the future?

Meanwhile, the North reportedly resumed freight train operations with China for the first time since the pandemic.
What do you make of this?

Professor Andrei Lankov from Kookmin University. Thank you for your insights.
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