Speaking on Fox News Network, Carnegie’s James Acton explained that the timing of North Korea’s latest missile test was significant due to the concurrent annual large exercises held by the United States and South Korea. Acton commented that it is common for North Korea to conduct launches at this time, and further elaborated on unverified reports stating U.S. officials believe the missiles appear to be scud-type missiles that have been used in previous missile tests by North Korea. If this is indeed the case, Acton says, the tests represent a serious provocation, though Acton noted that the use of these existing missiles is less threatening than the development of new capabilities that would significantly enhance the danger to South Korea and the United States. 

This interview was originally broadcast by Fox News