N Korea Won’t ‘Surrender’ or Make Concessions - Scholar on Fresh Missile Tests

N Korea Won’t ‘Surrender’ or Make Concessions - Scholar on Fresh Missile Tests

The three new missiles North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested over the past week are eerily familiar to military experts: They look just like a controversial and widely copied missile the Russian military has deployed to Syria and has been actively trying to sell overseas for years.

The tensions in 2017 were followed by a surprising diplomatic outreach by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018, when he attended summits with the South Korean and Chinese presidents and with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The tests came five days after North Korea fired multiple short-range projectiles into the East Sea from Wonsan.

In testing missiles that pose a threat to South Korea rather than the U.S. mainland, some experts think Kim is seeing how far he can press President Trump.

President Trump said it was not enough to ruin his relationship with Kim Jung Un.

Pyongyang fired a number of unidentified projectiles on Thursday afternoon, after a USA envoy visited Seoul for discussions on breaking the nuclear deadlock, according to the Republic of Korea's Yonhap News Agency. North Korea also ridiculed South Korea for criticizing those launches.

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles Thursday (May 9) at 4:30 pm local time, according to South Korean military sources quoted by Fox News.

Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, confirmed Kim's officials have not contaced them since the collapse of the summit in Hanoi.

"Kim Jong Un has given the United States until the end of the year to rethink its approach", he said.

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On the morning of May 4 (Korean time) at its test site in Wonson, North Korea tested a new nuclear capable solid-fuel short range ballistic missile (SRBM), ending a 522 day missile testing moratorium that held since last intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on November 29, 2017.

A senior Japanese diplomat said Tokyo will wait to see how the U.N. Security Council will respond to North Korea's move as Pyongyang is prohibited from conducting ballistic missile tests under its sanctions resolutions.

The missiles were short-range and the launches do not mean Kim has made a decision to end his self-imposed moratorium on testing long-range missiles that could reach the United States mainland.

"I don't think we should get too excited about a short-range test unless someone can tell us that it was a long-range test that failed", Ganyard said.

"You can tell from the low apogee that this missile maneuvers a bit in boost to defeat missile defenses and aircraft hunting the launcher", said Jeffrey Lewis of CNS.

The official said the only way to "break the current mutual distrust" was for Abe to hold unconditional talks with Kim, Efe news reported. "And also to stabilise this situation as soon as possible by completing, in the near future, a comprehensive plan of action on denuclearization and reciprocal measures, that both the United States and North Korea will be ready to accept, so that Pyongyang can return to denuclearisation talks", Cheong Seong-Chang concluded.

North Korea last conducted a major missile test in November 2017 when it flight-tested the Hwasong-15 and demonstrated the potential capability to reach deep into the US mainland.

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