New findings show that the number of missile tests by North Korea drops drastically in the last quarter of each year.
That's according to Shea Cotton, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, who posted the data on his Twitter account.
After recording the regime's moves since 2012, he came to find that from a total of 116 tests since Kim Jong-un took power, the fourth quarter of each year showed a noticeable drop in the number of provocations.
The first three quarters recorded an average of at least four missile tests, while the final quarter of the year recorded less than one.
And he pointed out that 38 days had passed since the last test,"the longest gap in tests since February 12th" when Pyongyang resumed its missile tests.
As to why the numbers decrease during the last 3 months,he speculated that North Korea may be concentrating its resources on the fall harvest or other winter preparations.
Cotton also added that Pyeongyang's recent silence may not be a result of international pressure, but because of Kim's own schedule.
And he said that now may be the best time to negotiate with North Korea, before it possibly resumes provocations in February next year.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.