A DPRK missile that flew over Japan on Friday was just the latest in a long series of missile and nuclear tests conducted by Pyongyang. But the pace of launches has dramatically increased in the last two years.
Here is a recap of the DPRK’s main missile and nuclear tests since 2006.
Oct 9, 2006: First underground nuclear test.
April 5, 2009: Launch of a suspected Taopodong-2 rocket, with an estimated range of 6,700 km. It lands in the Pacific after flying over Japan.
May 25, 2009: Second underground nuclear test.
*December 2011: Kim Jong Il dies, Kim Jong Un becomes DPRK leader.
April 13, 2012: A long-range rocket launching a satellite disintegrates soon after take-off.
Dec 12, 2012: DPRK launches a multi-stage rocket, says it successfully placed a satellite in orbit.
Feb 12, 2013: Third underground nuclear test.
People watch a screen showing a graphic of a DPRK missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 15, 2017. /AFP Photo
Jan 6, 2016: Fourth underground nuclear test. Pyongyang says it’s a hydrogen bomb.
Mar 9, 2016: Kim Jong Un says the DPRK has miniaturized a thermo-nuclear warhead.
Apr 23, 2016: DPRK test-fires a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
June 22, 2016: DPRK conducts two tests of an intermediate range Musudan missile. Four previous launches of the same kind had failed.
Aug 3, 2016: DPRK fires two ballistic missiles. One lands in Japan's maritime economic zone for the first time.
Aug 24, 2016: The DPRK fires a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which flies 500 km.
Sept 5, 2016: DPRK fires three ballistic missiles about 1,000 km, one enters Japan’s air defense zone.
Sept 9, 2016: Fifth nuclear test.
Feb 12, 2017: DPRK fires an intermediate-range Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile, which flies 500 km.
March 6, 2017: DPRK fires four ballistic missiles. Three fall into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
March 22, 2017: A DPRK missile appears to explode just after launch.
April 5, 2017: DPRK fires what the US says is a liquid-fueled, extended-range Scud missile into the sea.
May 14, 2017: Launch of a ballistic missile with an estimated range of 4,500 km, meaning it could reach Guam. It lands in the Sea of Japan.
July 4, 2017: DPRK test-fires what it says is a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Analysts say it could reach Alaska.
July 28, 2017: DPRK launches an ICBM with a theoretical range of 10,000 km, putting much of the USA in range.
Aug 26, 2017: DPRK fires three short-range ballistic missiles.
Aug 29, 2017: DPRK fires an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific.
Sept 3, 2017: Sixth nuclear test, the DPRK's most powerful yet.
Sept 15, 2017: DPRK fires an intermediate-range missile over Japan for the second time in a month.
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