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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea demands Biden's attention with flurry of missile tests

Launches coincide with reports of appointment of hard-line U.S. envoy to Seoul

North Korea said it tested a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday.   © KCNA/Kyodo

SEOUL -- North Korea will not be ignored. That's the message Kim Jong Un is trying to send the Biden administration with a flurry of missile tests in January.

The isolated nation has carried out seven sets of launches this month: Two purported hypersonic missile tests on Jan. 5 and 11; two short-range train-launched ballistic missiles on Jan. 13; two tactical guided missiles on Jan. 17; two long-range cruise missiles on Jan. 25; two tactical guided missiles on Jan. 27; and a test on Sunday -- the country's biggest since 2017.

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