NORTH KOREA’S WIN­TER TRAIN­ING MEANS FEWER MIS­SILE LAUNCHES

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North Korea hasn’t fired a mis­sile for 60 days, but that may have more to do with its own win­ter train­ing cy­cle than with Py­ongyang eas­ing off on provo­ca­tions. The Korean Peo­ple’s Army reg­u­larly en­ters its train­ing cy­cle every win­ter “and get­ting ready for it in­volves a calm be­fore the storm,” said Van Jack­son, a strat­egy fel­low at the Cen­ter for Strate­gic Stud­ies at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton. “Fall is the har­vest sea­son, and a lot of mil­i­tary la­bor is ded­i­cated to agri­cul­tural out­put when not in war mode; in­ef­fi­cient, but it’s the na­ture of the North Korean sys­tem,” said Jack­son, a for­mer De­fense De­part­ment ad­viser.

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