North Korea fired four banned ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean and Japanese officials. The communist state is banned by the UN from using missile technology.
Since the historic Trump-Kim summit in June 2018, progress has been slow in putting an end to the longstanding Korean conflict. But 2019 could see some major developments on the Korean Peninsula.
After the Trump-Kim summit, another major meeting with the North Korean leader may be on the horizon. A summit would mark a significant shift for Japan's prime minister, who has long held a hard-line stance on Pyongyang.
The peace gesture follows a joint survey into the North's railway system conducted by North and South Korea. But hopes of reconnecting the countries remain contingent upon progress in North Korea's denuclearization.
US officials remain skeptical about North Korea's commitment to rid itself of nuclear weapons. US experts have bolstered those doubts with new findings about 13 undeclared nuclear bases throughout the country.
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