North Korea Conducts Seventh and Eighth Musudan Tests

Last week, North Korea conducted what was likely to be the seventh and eight attempted launches of the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile. United States Strategic Command detected both launches and assessed both tests to be failures, making for seven such failures of the missile this year. The only successful test of the Musudan, which happened on June 22, was conducted on a lofted trajectory that disguised the full range of the missile. The second launch came a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the THAAD battery scheduled for deployment to South Korea will be introduced ‘as soon as possible.’