North Korea Likely to Continue Escalating Threats Next Year, Experts Say

Voice of America News reports: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to outline his plan to meet the goal of having ‘the world’s most powerful strategic force’ at a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea later this month, according to experts.

North Korea heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula this year by conducting a record number of missile launches, including firing several intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and flying an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan.

This week, Pyongyang fired multiple rounds of artillery shells into the maritime buffer zone it shares with South Korea, as it did in November.

In the coming year, this pattern of escalating threats is likely to continue as North Korea seeks to advance its weapons programs, according to experts…”

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