KCNA via Reuters A ballistic rocket launch during a drill by the Strategic Force of the KPA in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, March 7, 2017.
KCNA via Reuters A view of the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 guided by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, February 13, 2017.
KCNA via Reuters An underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile, April 2016.
KCNA via Reuters A new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missle (ICBM) at a test site at Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongan province, April 9, 2016.
KCNA via Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the ballistic rocket launch drill of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an unknown location, March 11, 2016.
Jason Lee / Reuters A missile is carried by a military vehicle during a parade to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War, at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, July 27, 2013.
KCNA via Reuters North Korean scientists monitor the launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket from the West Sea Satellite Launch Site in Cholsan county, December 12, 2012.
Bobby Yip / Reuters North Korean engineers check the base of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang, April 8, 2012.
Bobby Yip / Reuters A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang, April 7, 2012.
Korea News Service via Reuters A North Korean missile unit takes part in a military parade to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army in Pyongyang, April 30, 2007.

North Korea, Out to Launch

Its Missile Ambitions Over the Years

On March 6, North Korea tested the new administration in Washington for a second time by simultaneously launching four ballistic missiles, which Pyongyong claims can be mounted with nuclear warheads. Three of them landed just 200 miles shy of Japan's coastline. A month earlier, the rogue nation had sent a mid-range missile hurtling eastward, traveling just over 300 miles before dropping into the Sea of Japan. January was no less eventful. The supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, promised in his new year's address that North Korea would soon be testing its first interncontinetal ballistic missile—one capable of reaching the United States' West Coast.

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