Missile crisis: A timeline of North Korea's recent launches

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For the third time in weeks, North Korea has tested a ballistic missile.

North Korea's latest in a series of provocative actions is a challenge to both the United States and South Korea, military officials say.

Monday's ballistic missile test is the ninth such action this year.

Here is a look at the key developments that helped give rise to the latest crisis:

Jan. 20, 2017

Donald Trump inaugurated as U.S. president.

Feb. 12, 2017

North Korea tested a new midrange ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2. The country said the missile uses solid fuel, an advance that increases a weapon's mobility and makes it harder for outsiders to detect a coming launch.

March 6, 2017

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). Three landed in waters near Japan. The country later said it was simulating nuclear strikes on U.S. military bases in Japan.

April 5, 2017

North Korea fired a missile on the eve of a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The missile flew about 60 kilometers (40 miles) before falling into the sea.

April 16, 2017

North Korea fired a missile off its east coast, but the launch apparently failed. U.S. officials said the missile was likely a KN-17, a new Scud-type missile.

April 29, 2017

South Korean and U.S. officials said a North Korean midrange ballistic missile, presumably a KN-17, failed shortly after launch.

April 30, 2017

Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "a pretty smart cookie" in a U.S. television interview for being able to hold onto power after taking over at a young age.

May 10, 2017

Liberal Moon Jae-in was inaugurated as South Korea's president. He said he wants to improve ties with North Korea.

May 14, 2017

North Korea test-fired its newly developed Hwasong-12 missile, which it said can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders saw the launch as a major step forward because of the height it reached. Moon expresses deep regret over the launch.

May 21, 2017

North Korea again tested the solid-fuel Pukguksong-2. The missile flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) before falling into the ocean.

May 26, 2017

Moon's government said it will allow a South Korean civic group to contact North Korea to help fight malaria. This is the first government approval of a cross-border civilian exchange since January 2016.

May 29, 2017

South Korean and Japanese officials said North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan's maritime economic zone.

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