The country has fired 21 missiles during 14 tests since February, further perfecting its technology with each launch.
It launched a missile over northern Japan on August 29.
Is the pace of missile testing speeding up?
Less than six years into his reign, Kim Jong Un has tested more missiles than his father and grandfather combined.
During the first months following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, Pyongyang conducted a similar number of launches as it did during the same period in 2016.
However, North Korea did not conduct any tests during the two months from Trump’s election to his inauguration.
Why do they do the tests?
They need to conduct tests to perfect the technology, analysts say.
What does North Korea want and why?
They want it because they believe the US will eventually try to remove Kim Jong Un from power.
But would the United States try to topple the Kim regime if North Korea could respond with a nuclear attack?
Pyongyang believes Washington wouldn’t, and that’s why the country sees nuclear weapons as the key to sparing Kim Jong Un from a fate similar to that which befell Moammar Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
The long-range missile is what really scares the United States because it means there is an existential threat of a nuclear attack, according to John Delury, a professor at Seoul’s Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Relations.
“We are in a somewhat dangerous period of a threat perception gap, as Americans adjust to the sense of vulnerability to North Korean retaliation that South Koreans and Japanese have lived with for quite some time,” he said.
Michael Hayden, the director of the CIA from 2006 to 2009, believes that should Pyongyang continue at its current pace, the country could develop an indigenous missile that can reach Seattle and carry a North Korean-built nuclear warhead before the end of Trump’s first term.
So far, North Korea experts believe the regime has not developed the operational capability to deliver a missile beyond Asia.