North Korea is “throwing” missiles up — some still experimental — to show the Trump administration the country is a “serious” international player, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.

Two officials said it doesn’t seem to matter to the Kim Jong Un regime whether the tests succeed or fail, and most have failed.

On Friday, a missile capable of striking targets in South Korea detonated minutes after launch, scattering debris over land and sea. Called the KN-17, the missile is among those the officials said Pyongyang has launched knowing they might not be ready. […]