North Korea has performed extra missile assessments to advance its weapons programme, which it says is critical to defend itself towards a attainable US invasion.
Already in January, six assessments have been carried out on hypersonic in addition to short-range and long-range ballistic missiles.
The UN prohibits North Korea from ballistic and nuclear weapons assessments, and has imposed strict sanctions.
However the East Asian state usually defies the ban, and chief Kim Jong-un has vowed to bolster his nation’s defences.
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