North Korea test fires short-range projectiles, South Korean officials say

North Korea test fires short-range projectiles, South Korean officials say

In Saturday's statement South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North fired several unidentified short-range projectiles from north of the city of Wonsan around 9 a.m. (0000 GMT) which flew about 70 kilometers to 200 kilometers (44-124 miles).

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said North Korea's recent missile test did not cross any global boundaries and the launch would not dissuade Washington from continuing negotiations with the DPRK.

The launch is the first since the North fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in November 2017, before declaring the construction of its nuclear force complete and extending an global olive branch.

It may instead be a way to register his displeasure with Washington and the state of talks meant to provide sanctions relief for disarmament without having the diplomacy collapse.

Speaking to Fox News also on Sunday, Pompeo said Washington had "a high confidence" that North Korea did not launch any intermediate range projectiles, adding "they were not long-range missiles or intercontinental missiles".

Earlier, the White House said the USA knows of the DPRK's latest action and will monitor the situation."We are aware of North Korea's (the DPRK) actions tonight".


"Our analysis indicates that (North Korea) is believed to have tested 240-mm and 300-mm multiple rocket launchers, as well as a new type of tactical guided weapons", the ministry said in a release.

During the diplomacy that followed the North's weapons tests of 2017, Mr Kim said that the North would not test nuclear devices or ICBMs.

But with negotiations lagging, the North appears to be testing the USA while staying below that threshold.

In a policy speech last month, however, Kim warned tensions could rise again and set an end-of-year deadline for the United States to offer a mutually acceptable approach to negotiations. The North probably has viable shorter-range nuclear armed missiles, but it still needs more tests to ideal its longer-range weapons, according to outside analysts.

Japan's defence ministry, meanwhile, said there was "no confirmation of ballistic missiles" entering its territory.

Per the Guardian, South Korean officials separately believe that the firing of the projectiles violated an inter-Korean agreement a year ago created to reduce tensions.


The salvos came days before Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, was to travel to Tokyo and Seoul to discuss denuclearization efforts.

Analysts suspected the flurry of military activity by Pyongyang was an attempt to exert pressure on the United States to give ground in negotiations to end the North's nuclear program after a summit in February ended in failure.

Saturday's launch comes a few weeks after North Korea said it conducted a tactical guided-weapons firing test, according to state media.

Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, also said the North Korean missile appeared to be modeled after Russia's 9K720 Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile system. On Saturday, Trump had seemed to shrug off the importance of the tests, tweeting that Kim "knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me". The Trump administration has applied economic sanctions on North Korea to use as leverage in peace talks.

He added, "The sanctions, the global sanctions put in place by the UN Security Council, they're still in place, and so the pressure on Chairman Kim to continue down this path, to achieve the outcome that everyone - you have to remember, this took place - this attack took place - or excuse me, these launches took place just after he met with Vladimir Putin".


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