Analyst: NK missile tests to show off nuclear capability

STORY: The North fired multiple ballistic missiles on Thursday, including a possible failed ICBM. On Wednesday (November 2) the reclusive state launched 23 missiles of various types into the sea, after they issued their second condemnation of the Vigilant Storm drills, which involve around 240 South Korean and U.S. warplanes flying missions around the clock.

After North Korea conducted an apparent ICBM test on Thursday, the allies announced they would be extending Vigilant Storm past Friday (November 4).

The barrage of missile launches and the prospect of a new nuclear test underscore the limited options Washington and its allies have for preventing Pyongyang from advancing its weapons programs, with the allies turning to major military exercises to "deter" war even as some current and former U.S. officials say they may contribute to tensions.