North Korea Chides Moon, Tests More Missiles

North Korea Chides Moon, Tests More Missiles

The South's unification ministry reacted to North Korea's comments about Moon, saying they are "not in line" with inter-Korean agreements and unhelpful for developing relations between Seoul and Pyongyang.

North Korea has said previous missile launches were meant to protest joint U.S.

SEOUL, South Korea-South Korea's military says North Korea fired more projectiles into the sea to extend a recent streak of weapons tests.

It is the sixth such test in less than a month.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were fired from Tongchon in Kangwon Province.

The ROK JCS later in the day confirmed that the North is believed to have launched short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM).

North Korea has faced worldwide sanctions for its development of nuclear weapons.

Earlier this month, Japan removed South Korea from its whitelist of trusted trading partners, which are given preferential export procedure.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (文在寅) on Thursday (Aug. 15) talked about cooperation with Japan as well as a goal of Korean unification by 2045 in a speech that marked the 74th anniversary of the Korean liberation.

North Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the USA and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. "A new Korean peninsula is waiting for us, which will bring peace and prosperity to itself, to East Asia and to the world", he added.

North Korea has repeatedly issued warnings over the combined military exercises, threatening to seek "a new road" if they continue. "It has no right to do so".

"They can clearly see what we feel now, i.e. we have nothing to talk any more with the South Korean authorities nor have any idea to sit with them again", the spokesman said.

"He truly is a shameless man".

The U.S. had promised the North back at the Singapore summit that it would stop the joint military exercises, and the drills are also one of the North's main security concerns.

It also suggested that even when ongoing U.S. -ROK exercises conclude at the end of the month, Seoul will have a hard time bringing Pyongyang to the table for dialogue.

Pyongyang recently said that the inter-Korean dialogue will not resume until Seoul has offered a "plausible excuse" for military exercises with the United States.

Ouch. Some of these words have got to sting.

But what might hurt the most is the sound of the diplomatic door being closed on Seoul.

The spokesman left open the possibility of talks with the United States, speaking of upcoming dialogue between the two countries but warned it will have no place for the South.

In their third, brief meeting at the Korean border at the end of June, Kim and Trump agreed to kick-start working-level talks.

Pyongyang might be calculating that it is getting nothing from its neighbour, no concessions without Washington's approval. The North has tested the missile, a modified version of the Russian Iskander, several times over the past three months, despite being subject to United Nations sanctions that bar it from testing any ballistic missile technology.

Mr Trump has also made it public in tweets that he too wants to pressure Seoul to pay more to host USA troops, and described the current joint military drills as expensive. This could all just be bluster.

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