North Korea has just conducted its latest missile test, claiming the launch was successful and that it's arsenal is capable of striking anywhere in the world. As tensions between the United States and North Korea continued to grow earlier this year, President Trump warned "major, major conflict" between the two countries is possible. He added that he would prefer to solve the situation through diplomacy before praising Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling him "a very good man" who loves his country. The outbreak of hostilities
could prove devastating for the South Korean capital, Seoul, which is targeted by thousands of artillery pieces dug in just over the border.
However, the pressing issue continues to be the country's ballistic missile program and its efforts to develop a nuclear warhead small enough to fit a missile capable of striking Japan, the U.S. bases on Guam or the continental U.S. itself
. Is American concern at developments in North Korea justified? As can be seen on the following infographic, the pace of missile testing has accelerated steeply, even though many of the launches have resulted in failure. This year alone, Pyongyang has tested 12 ballistic missiles with 8 of the tests resulting in success, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative
. In 2016, 24 tests were carried out - 14 were successful and 10 resulted in failure.