Military exercises conducted by North Korea on Thursday and the previous Saturday featured the launch of solid-fuel, short-range ballistic missiles that look like a local variation on Russia’s Iskander. While international attention has focused on Kim Jong Un’s quest to acquire intercontinental ballistic missiles that could strike the U.S., the short-range weapons pose a more immediate threat to South Korea and the some 28,500 U.S. troops stationed there. The launches — Kim’s most significant military test since November 2017 — have cast new doubt on U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to secure a disarmament deal with North Korea.
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