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2024 Chronology of North Korean Missile and Military Events

The following is a rolling chronology of ballistic missile events (drills and test firings), military engagement and external military exercises and tests (US-ROK, US-JP and US-ROK-JP) that occur in and around the the Korean Peninsula, related open source intelligence issues, and other relevant topics of interest. Events will be listed (by date) in reverse chronological order.  This chronology is compiled on a weekly basis by Kaitlyn T. King and Michael Madden.

As of 8 April 2024, the DPRK has neither been observed nor reported to have conducted its seventh nuclear test.


8 April

ROKG launches second reconnaissance satellite using a SpaceX carrier rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 19:17 PM EST on 7 April (8:17 AM KST on 8 April)

South Korea's second spy satellite awaits liftoff on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 7, 2024, in this photo provided by the defense ministry. (Yonhap)

South Korea’s second spy satellite awaits liftoff on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 7, 2024, in this photo provided by the defense ministry (Photo: Yonhap)



5 April

ROKG announces the launch of its second spy satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:17 AM KST on 8 April (19:17 PM EST on 7 April in the US)


2 April

조선민주주의인민공화국 미싸일총국 신형중장거리극초음속미싸일시험발사에 성공

KJU presides over a test firing of the Hwasong-16B intermediate-range ballistic missile [IRBM] at 6:43 AM KST, guided by DPRK Missile Administration General Director Jang Chang Ha; the missile launched from the Pyongyang metropolitan area before splashing down in the East Sea (a/k/a Sea of Japan)

A U.S. B-52 strategic bomber takes part in a combined air exercise with South Korean F-35A fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula on Oct. 17, 2023, in this file photo provided by South Korea's Air Force. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)











US-ROK-JP joint aerial drills using the B-52 aircraft following DPRK IRBM test


24 March

KJU visited headquarters element of the 105th Tank Division


Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Guides Test of Solid-fueled Engine for New-type Intermediate-range Hypersonic Missile

19 March

US Marines join large-scale US-ROK combat exercise at the Korea Combat Training Center in Inje County, ROK

South Korean troops take part in a combined exercise with U.S. Marines at the Korea Combat Training Center in the mountainous county of Inje, 126 kilometers northeast of Seoul, in this undated photo provided by the Army on March 28, 2024. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

KJU guides solid fuel engine test for hypersonic missile


Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Guides Firing Drill of Artillery Units in Western Area

18 March

KJU inspects and guides MLRS artillery drill in “western” area of DPRK

First day of US-ROK five-day urban warfare exercise

South Korean and American troops conduct urban warfare drills at a training ground in Paju, 37 kilometers northwest of Seoul, in this photo provided by the Army on March 21, 2024. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Guides Training of KPA Paratroopers

15 March

KJU guides and inspects XI CORPS paratrooper exercises


This file photo, taken March 23, 2023, shows a K1A2 tank firing a round at a training field in Pocheon, just 25 kilometers south of the inter-Korean border. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

14 March

ROK forces stage live-fire tank drill near MDL supported by joint US-ROK combat engineering unit

Final day of US-ROK Freedom Shield simulation/exercise



Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Guides Tankmen's Training Match

13 March

KJU inspects and guides tank unit exercises and competition


This unrelated photo, provided by the Air Force on March 6, 2024, shows F-15K fighter jets taking part in an air exercise. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

ROK Air Force stages anti-missile/TEL exercises


11-15 March

US-ROK air assault and SOF drills


7 March

KJU inspects and guides artillery training exercises

US Army assault helicopters conduct deck landings on USNS Dahl off the coast of Jinhae, South Korea


6 March

KJU inspects and guides combined force training exercises


5 March

USS Higgins Arleigh Burke-class destroyer arrived at a naval base on Jeju Island for a replenishment purpose (Yonhap)


4 March

ROK begin Freedom Shield 24 exercises (PACOM)

US and ROK begin 5-day Buddy Squadron as part of Freedom Shield exercise (Yonhap)


28 February

Cobra Gold 24 between US and Thailand begins, ROK joins along with Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan (US Army) Exercise set to end March 8 (Yonhap)


26 February

February 26: First day of Cobra Gold exercises, jointly led by the US and Thailand, at U-Tapao International Airport in Rayong province. (Yonhap) (The Nation)


23 February

South Korea and the US stage joint air drills with a focus on enhancing joint operational capabilities (Yonhap)


Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Guides Test-fire of Surface-to-sea Missile Padasuri-6


14 February

Kim Jong Un supervises test-fire of new-type surface-to-sea cruise missile Padasuri-6 (Yonhap) (KCNA)


11 February

US troops from the III Marine Expeditionary Force are deployed to South Korea to join bilateral exercise in Pohang, part of the US Marine Corps’ Korean Marine Exercise Program; US and South Korea begin Korean Marine Exercise Program 24-1 (Yonhap) (PACOM)


7 February

South Korea and US kick off a regular three-week combined exercise in Pohang, part of the US Marine Corps’ Korean Marine Exercise Program (Yonhap)


6 February

US Air Force’s RC-135U Combat Sent flew over South Korea in an apparent mission to monitor North Korea (Yonhap)

6-20 February: US and South Korea stage combined wintertime drills in Pyeongchang, part of the US Marine Corps’ Korean Marine Exercise Program (Yonhap)


5 February:

South Korea joins Elephant Walk for Cope North 2024 (Yonhap) (PACOM)

February 5-16: South Korea participates in the Global Sentinel 2024 hosted by the US Space Command at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California (Yonhap)


2 February

MA Spokesman on Cruise Missile Super-large Warhead Power Test and New-type Anti-aircraft Missile Test-fire

View of a SAM test conducted by the Missile Administration on the morning of 2 February 2024 (Photo: KCNA

DPRK Missile Administration conducts a power test of a “super-large warhead” on a cruise missile and test fire of a new model of surface-to-air missile [SAM] along the West Sea at around 11:00 AM KST.  The Missile Administration described the tests as “normal activities of the administration and its affiliated defense science institutes for the rapid development of the technologies in various aspects such as function, performance and operation of new-type weapon systems and had nothing to do with the regional situation.”

Last day of US-ROK Army special operations drills (started January 22) (Yonhap)


Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Nampho Dockyard

KJU inspects the Namp’o Dockyard on or around 1 February 2024 (Photo: KCNA).

1 February

KJU visits Namp’o Dockyard for a field inspection and guidance of shipbuilding and boosting the assets of the KPA Navy



Graphic showing recent North Korean cruise missile events (Photo: Yonhap)

30 January

KPA General Staff leads a drill of Hwasal-2 cruise missiles around 7:00 KST near the West (Yellow) Sea which the GSD says made “a contribution to checking the KPA’s rapid counterattack posture and improving its strategic striking capability”


Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Guides Test-fire of Submarine-launched Strategic Cruise Missile

Kim Jong Un watches a test firing of the Pulhwasal 3-31 cruise missile on the morning of 28 January from Sinp’o, South Hamgyo’ng. Also in attendance are WPK Organizational Affairs Secretary Jo Yong Won, WPK Secretary and Munitions Industry Department Director Jo Chun Ryong, WPK Secretary for Military Affairs Pak Jong Chon, KPA Navy Commander ADM Kim Myong Sik and MID deputy director Kim Jong Sik (Photo: KCNA).

28 January

KJU inspects and guides KPA Navy test firing of the Pulhwasal-3-31 cruise missile at around 8:00 KST from Sinp’o, South Hamgyo’ng


26 January

Final Day of the US-ROK Cyber Alliance Drill held at ROK Cyber Operation Command focused on hacking and cybersecurity


24 January

Several Pulhwasal-3-31 cruise missiles test fired around 7:00 AM KST from Pyongyang toward Yellow (West) Sea


19 January

Underwater Weapon System Institute of the DPRK Academy of Defense Sciences (a/k/a SANS) tests the “Haeil-5-23” UUV in response to US-ROK-JP trilateral exercises



USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Trilateral Exercise 2024

AT SEA (Jan. 16, 2024) From right to left, the Sejong the Great-class guided-missile destroyer ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991) from the Republic of Korea Navy, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), sail together during a trilateral exercise, Jan. 16. The exercise allowed maritime forces from Japan, Republic of Korea, and U.S. to train together to enhance coordination on maritime domain awareness and other shared security interests. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Isaiah B. Goessl)


17 January

Final Day (Day Three) of trilateral naval exercises off the southwest coast of Cheju Island ROK


16 January

Day Two of US-ROK-JP naval exercises off the southwest coast of Cheju Island ROK


15 January

Day One of trilateral US-ROK-JP naval exercises off the southwest coast of Cheju Island ROK


DPRK 14 January 2024 IRBM test near Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA)


14 January

Intermediate-range ballistic missile [IRBM] launched around 14:55 KST from Pyongyang to East Sea (Sea of Japan) which the DPRK Missile General Bureau announces on 15 January was a solid-fuel hypersonic IRBM test


11 January

ROK Agency for Defense Development tests modified version of Korean Tactical Surface to Surface Missile [KTSSSM-1] in Taean County ROK (publicized on 12 January 2024)


7 January

IV Army Corps fires about 90 shells off the DPRK’s southwest coast from 16:00 tp 17:0 KST


6 January

IV Army Corps continues artillery drill firing about 60 shells for an hour from 16:00 KST into the West Sea which splash down on the DPRK side of the NLL


5 January

IV Army Corps fires nearly 200 artillery shells into the West Sea from 9:00 t0 11:00 KST from Changsan and Tungsan Capes tiggering take shelter orders on ROK islands near the NLL



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