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Mexican oil company offers employees ‘healthy incentive’ bonus for weight loss, report says

Mexico‘s state-run oil company is reportedly offering more money to employees who meet new body standards.

Under a new collective bargaining contract with its union, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is giving its workers a “health incentive” of $287 a year if they meet certain body mass index (BMI) thresholds and have a waist size under a specific circumference.

To qualify for the health bonus, Pemex employees are required to have a BMI of 25 or less, while having a maximum waist of 35 inches for men and 31 inches for women, according to Bloomberg. Workers who are overweight and decrease their weight by 10 percent annually will also get the bonus.

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Doctors argue Pemex’s policy could actually cause weight gain instead of weight loss because of the shame it might bring employees who can’t meet the required thresholds.

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Under a new collective bargaining contract with its union, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is giving its workers a “health incentive” of $287 a year if they meet certain body mass index (BMI) thresholds and have a waist size under a specific circumference. Archivo Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/EVZ (GDA via AP Images)

“This is an uninformed policy,” said Dr. Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, told Bloomberg. “It’s inconsistent with the science of what we know about body weight regulation and it’s tone-deaf to progress being made in societal perceptions around obesity. On top of all of that, we have very strong scientific data now that weight shaming causes more weight gain.”

THESE ARE THE 10 MOST OBESE STATES IN THE US, REPORT FINDS

Kahan said a better way to encourage wellness is to incentivize healthy behaviors such as healthy eating, giving rebates for trips to the gym and providing healthier snacks to employees.

“There are a lot of companies big and small that are moving forward on this in much better and much more productive ways,” he said.

Mexico’s oil refineries have fallen 77 percent in the last two decades and Pemex has failed to meet output goals every year for the past decade. The company aims to increase its oil output to 2.7 million barrels a day by 2024 and will invest 58 billion pesos, or three billion dollars in its refineries this year, according to Bloomberg.

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The “health bonus” is a 4.6 percent increase from the last union contract at Pemex.

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Vases stolen by Nazis returned to rightful owners in Berlin with FBI, US embassy help

Two stunning vases stolen by the Nazis 80 years ago were returned to the heirs of their original owners at a ceremony in Berlin Thursday after a joint effort by the American embassy and an FBI art crime team.

The vases, which the FBI said were worth about $120,000 today, belonged to the family of Harry Fuld, a German Jew who founded the first modern telephone system in the country, the Frankfurt-based H. Fuld & Co. Telefon und Telegraphenwerke AG.

“Finding ways to bring small measures of justice to the victims of the Holocaust and their families, even after so many years of injustice, is a priority of the Trump Administration,” Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, told Fox News on Saturday. “From the very beginning, President Trump instructed his team to be aggressive in this work. Returning these Nazi stolen works of art to their owners’ families was a group effort by the team at the US Embassy in Berlin, the FBI, German private citizens and many others.”

He continued: “We hope this one success story will encourage others to keep researching and pushing auction houses and governments to return the thousands of other Nazi stolen items on the market to their rightful owners.”

MYSTERY SHIPWRECK DISCOVERED, MAY BE WWII FREIGHTER

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Two stunning vases stolen by the Nazis 80 years ago were returned to the heirs of their original owners at a ceremony in Berlin Thursday after a joint effort by the American embassy and an FBI art crime team. Pictured is US Ambassador Richard Grenell returning the art (US Embassy)

According to the FBI, Harry and his wife, Lucie Mayer Fuld, lived in Germany in the 1930s. Harry died while on a trip to Switzerland in 1932.

After the Nazis took power in 1933, the regime seized “Lucie’s bank accounts and placing an exit tax on her if she left the country. She fled Germany in 1939 with only a few of her possessions, leaving behind her home and much of the artwork in it,” the FBI said. Lucie Fuld died in 1966.

In 1940, an auction house in Berlin listed items for sale from the Fulds’ estate, the FBI said.

The agency noted that the Nazi regime “determined proceeds from the auction satisfied the exit tax they put on Lucie. The work was listed as Lot 198 at the auction, described as ‘two bronze vases, fire gilded, two-tone, French, Louis XVI, 1780-1890.’”

FORMER NAZI SOLDIER CHARGED AFTER BLAMING VICTIMS FOR DEATHS, DENYING IMPACT OF HOLOCAUST, REPORT SAYS

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The vases, which the FBI said were worth about $120,000 today, belonged to the family of Harry Fuld, a German Jew who founded the first modern telephone system in the country, the Frankfurt-based H. Fuld & Co. Telefon und Telegraphenwerke AG. (FBI)

The vases subsequently found their way to an auction in London in 1997, and again in 2000.

“The works were eventually consigned to Christie’s Auction House in New York City. The auction house confirmed both pieces as unrestituted property through its restitution due diligence process, and worked with the FBI to secure the vases,” said the FBI.

Special Agent Christopher McKeogh of the FBI’s Art and Antiquities Crimes office in the New York Field Office played a key role in the recovery of the vases. McKeogh has more than 15 years’ experience in investigating art crime.

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After he became ambassador in May 2018, Grenell doggedly pursued the successful deportation of Jakiw Palij, the last known Nazi war criminal living in America, to Germany. Palij, who was a guard at the Nazis’ Trawniki concentration camp in German-occupied Poland, 25 miles southeast of Lublin, immigrated to the United States in 1949, and lived in Queens, New York.

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North Korea says Kim Jong Un supervised third weapons test this week in a bid to keep pressure on US, South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a third weapons test this week in an effort to beef up the country’s ability to strike targets in South Korea, including U.S. military bases there.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency reported on the test a day after South Korea’s military said it detected North Korea firing projectiles twice into the sea off its eastern coast in its third round of weapons tests in just over a week.

NORTH KOREA TEST-FIRES WEAPONS AGAIN FRIDAY, SOUTH KOREA SAYS

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In this image made from video of a still image broadcasted by North Korea’s KRT on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, equipped with binoculars, supervises a rocket launch test. North Korea said Thursday, Aug. 1, leader Kim supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there.

The tests are thought to be part of the effort to continue the pressure on Washington and Seoul over the recently stalled nuclear diplomacy. The North also objects to the planned joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises that the regime called the preparation for an invasion.

The regime’s media said Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over Friday’s tests and claimed it confirmed the system’s “altitude control level flight performance, track changing capability, accuracy of hitting a target and warhead explosion power of the guided ordnance rocket.”

South Korea’s presidential office claimed the U.S. and South Korean militaries’ assessment said Friday’s launches were likely short-range ballistic missiles.

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This image made from video of a still image broadcasted by North Korea’s KRT on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, shows a rocket soaring during a test in North Korea. North Korea said Thursday, Aug. 1, leader Kim Jong Un supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there. (KRT via AP Video)

The South also concluded that the weapons tested on Wednesday are ballistic missiles even though the North described them as a “large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system.”

NORTH KOREA FIRED ‘MULTIPLE’ PROJECTILES OFF EAST COAST, SOUTH KOREA REPORTS

During the test on Friday, the projectile flew 220 kilometers (137 miles), according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, meaning it could reach the Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of South Koreans live, and a major U.S. military base just outside the capital city.

The North Korean regime previously said the weapons tests were a “solemn warning” to “South Korean military warmongers” in the wake of the South’s purchase of high-tech, U.S.-made fighter jets and the planned joint military drill.

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In this image made from video of a still image broadcasted by North Korea’s KRT on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a rocket launch test . North Korea said Thursday, Aug. 1, leader Kim supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there. (KRT via AP Video)

The United Kingdom, France and Germany on Friday condemned the North’s recent activity as violations of U.N. sanctions and urged the regime to engage in “meaningful negotiations” with the U.S. on reducing its nuclear arsenal.

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The three countries reiterated that sanctions on the country should remain in place until its nuclear and ballistic missile programs are dismantled.

In a separate report by KCNA, an unidentified spokesperson of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry slammed the three countries, saying that the regime never has and never will recognize the UN resolutions it sees as a “grave provocation” against its government.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Massive sauna fire nearly destroys Holiday Inn hotel in England: reports

A massive blaze believed to have been sparked inside a sauna at a Holiday Inn hotel in central England nearly destroyed the building Friday and luckily there were no reported injuries.

More than 50 firefighters rushed to the scene in the city of Walsall to fight the huge fire after emergency services were called on Friday.

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A massive blaze at a Holiday Inn hotel in England left the building nearly completely destroyed, but no injuries have been reported. (WMASHART)

No one was injured after the two-story hotel was quickly evacuated, Sky News reported.

“There’s been some significant firefighting operations as you can see from the devastation,” said Neil Griffiths, incident commander for West Midlands Fire Service, according to the broadcaster.

The official cause of the fire remains unclear pending investigation, but local media reports say the emergency services were first called to a sauna fire.

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“What we are trying to do is restore everything back to normality,” Griffiths said. “We want to find out what the cause of the fire is and any future investigations we can do over the next few hours.”

He added: “We are going to be here for a considerable amount of time due to the size of the building.”

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West Midlands Fire Service group commander Nigel Sowden said the firefighters initially entered the hotel but had to quickly go back outside due to the massive flames inside.

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Saudi Arabia grants women right to obtain own passports, travel without male guardian

Just over a year since women were granted the historical right to drive, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has now passed another monumental reform to enable females to finally obtain passports and travel alone.

According to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Information, the amendment – which was signed by the Saudi Cabinet on Thursday – overturns the longstanding regulation that women must gain approval from a male guardian to receive a passport or were granted a page in their guardian’s passport, rendering it illegal for them to travel abroad independently.

Effective as of the end of August, the new law gives Saudi women access to passports without male approval and those over the age of 21 will be able to travel without male supervision.

The amendment marks the latest in a slow but steady effort by officials to introduce a number of sweeping reforms in the Gulf country, as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s effort to “promote women’s rights and empowerment, equal to men.”

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Aside from the landmark decision to allow women to get behind the wheel last year, in 2015 women were able to vote for the first time in municipal elections and campaigns have been bolstered to urge women into higher positions in government and the workplace.

“These developments have been a long time coming. From the inclusion of women in the consultative council to issuing driving licenses to women, our leadership has proved its unequivocal commitment to gender equality,” Reema Bandar Al-Saud, the newly-appointed Saudi female ambassador to the United States tweeted on Friday.

Riyadh in recent years has opened movie theaters and invited Hollywood entertainers to perform in large-scale concerts for all, and has additionally opened some sectors of work – including air traffic control, passport control and investigators in the public prosecution – of which women were previously barred.

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However, activists and critics continue to point to the mass divisions in gender equality and the number of stringent measures that still hamper women’s progress, in particular, the notion that females still being required by law to obtain male authorization to get married or divorced. Those who qualify as guardians to make decisions on a female’s behalf include a husband, father, brother, son.

“Women in Saudi Arabia face formal and informal barriers when attempting to make decisions or take action without the presence or consent of a male relative,” Human Rights Watch surmised in its 2019 World Report, underscoring that women face potentially unfair trials and that prior to lifting the driving ban, many female activists were detained “under dubious legal pretenses.”

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In this Sunday, June 24, 2018 file photo, Hessah al-Ajaji drives her car down the capital’s busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

The World Economic Forum’s “Global Gender Gap Report 2018” – which uses the markers of economic opportunity, political empowerment, education options, health and survival – ranked Saudi Arabia as the ninth-worst country to be female, ahead of Iran, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen which took the bottom spot.

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Nonetheless, Saudi officials told Fox News recently that the Kingdom to absolutely committed to the quest for equality – but stressed the importance of steady advancements and that while it is impossible to make changes overnight that many critics demand, change is and will continue to happen.

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Belgian woman survives after spending 6 days trapped in crashed car

A Belgian woman who disappeared for nearly a week was found alive after she was trapped in her car for six days during last week’s heatwave in Europe.

Corine Bastide, 45, disappeared near Liège, Belgium on July 23 after her vehicle swerved into a ditch; she injured her spine and was rendered helpless.

After enduring temperatures in triple digits, she was finally found by family friends six days later when they spotted the vehicle.

From her hospital bed in Liège, Bastide told Belgian news broadcaster RBTF that she feared she would have been left in the “terrifying heat.”

She said during the first night, her phone rang constantly, but she was unable to reach it.

“The next day the telephone stopped ringing. I knew the battery had run out. I tried screaming when I heard people, but apparently no one could hear me,” she said.

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Corine Bastide, 45, disappeared near Liège, Belgium on July 23 after her vehicle swerved into a ditch in an isolated location; she injured her spine and was rendered her helpless. The crashed happened just two days before temperatures hit 107 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP)

Every time Bastide moved her arms to try to escape, she would lose consciousness. Eventually, after mustering enough strength, she managed to use her foot to open the car door.

“The most difficult thing was lying on pieces of glass,” she said. “I tried to hoist myself up but I had the impression that my back was being torn.”

Without food or drink in the vehicle, Bastide survived by drinking rainwater in an empty chewing gum box. She claims she also used a wet branch to create the sensation of moisture in her mouth.

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In this undated photo taken by her son, the automobile of Marie Corine Bastide is parked in a lot in Liège, Belgium. Bastide, who was involved in a car accident on the night of July 23, 2019, during one of Belgium’s record-breaking heat waves, survived for six days in her wrecked car in a ditch before being rescued. (Hadrien Riga via AP)

Days later, a car stopped at her location where she swerved off the road – Bastide cried out for help and a woman who had joined a public search for her, immediately called authorities.

“She told me she had been looking for me everywhere,” said Bastide. “She stayed with me all the time and that woman, I think she is my guardian angel.”

Bastide said she is lucky to be alive after the terrifying six days but added that she never lost hope.

“I thought I would never get out,” she told RTBF. “But I wanted to live for my children. I didn’t want them to think I had done something stupid, like kill myself. No, it was an accident.”

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Ms. Bastide’s son said his mother will have to undergo surgery and spend the next several weeks in the hospital recovering.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NATO wants to avoid ‘new arms race’ with Russia, promises ‘measured’ response after treaty scrapped

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said Friday it will respond “in a measured and responsible” way to Russia’s new missiles, but said the alliance will work to avoid a new arms race after the end of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference that there would be “no rash moves” by the military alliance and “would not mirror what Russia does.”

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“We don’t want a new arms race,” Stoltenberg added, but reiterated that Russia is solely to blame for the U.S. decision to leave the historic arms-control treaty signed three decades ago.

“We don’t want a new arms race.”

— NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

Both NATO and the U.S. accused Russia of violating the INF treaty that kept nuclear weapons out of Europe and avoided short-notice attacks.

“Russia bears sole responsibility for the demise of the treaty,” the NATO allies said, adding that “NATO will respond in a measured and responsible way to the significant risks posed by the Russian 9M729 missile … We have agreed a balanced, coordinated and defensive package of measures.”

The Russian government, meanwhile, blamed the U.S. for the end of the treaty, suggesting the U.S. is working to undermine all international agreements.

“The denunciation of the INF treaty confirms that the U.S. has embarked on destroying all international agreements that do not suit them for one reason or another,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. “This leads to the actual dismantling of the existing arms control system.”

“The denunciation of the INF treaty confirms that the U.S. has embarked on destroying all international agreements that do not suit them for one reason or another.”

— Russian Foreign Ministry

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But the Trump administration said it determined that Russia was in “material breach of the treaty” and made no effort to “come back into compliance” with the agreement, a senior White House official said.

Russia was given a six-month period, in accordance with the treaty, as a “final opportunity to come back into compliance” with the agreement, but the government headed by President Vladimir Putin “has made no efforts to do that,” the official added.

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The end of the treaty sparks fears of a new global arms race between the two countries, which possess the world’s largest nuclear arsenals.

The Trump administration stressed it was Russia’s fault the treaty came to an end, pointing out that Moscow has been developing and fielding weapons that violate the treaty and threaten the U.S. and its allies, particularly in Europe.

“Russia alone is to blame for this situation,” the senior official said. “We have taken every opportunity — dozens and dozens of opportunities across two administrations – to bring Russia back into compliance.”

“It is clear that they are in material breach of the INF Treaty, which is, of course, not its only arms control violation. They are a serial violator of arms control agreements,” the official added, noting that “This violation, however, represents a direct security threat to the United States and our allies.”

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Another White House official pointed out that Russia has been deceptive about its military buildup, particularly denying the development of a ground-launched cruise missile in 2014 that is now fielded and poses a security risk to Europe.

“Throughout the process, they lied about the existence of the missiles at both the expert level and, finally when confronted with the evidence, came clean for this in the past several months,” the official said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The week in pictures, July 27 – August 2

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Bangkok bombs injure 4 as Thailand hosts ASEAN summit with Pompeo

Six bomb blasts hit Bangkok early Friday, injuring at least four people, as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and other Asia-Pacific countries.

The devices were found or detonated in at least six different locations, including two bombs at stations of the capital’s elevated Skytrain rail system.

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Thai investigators examine a site of an explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug 2, 2019. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Friday ordered an investigation into several small bombings in Bangkok that took place as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and several Asia-Pacific countries. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Other locations include a government complex on the outskirts of the city, and near the offices of a company associated with supporters of the current Thai government.

Officials say no one was seriously hurt by the explosions. Among the injured were three women cleaning the streets, while a fourth person was wounded after an explosion at one of Bangkok’s tallest buildings, the 77-story King Power Mahanakhon building.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered an investigation into the bombings and urged the public not to panic.

“A group of ill-intended people have recently incited violence while the government is propelling the country forward.”

— Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

“A group of ill-intended people have recently incited violence while the government is propelling the country forward,” Prayuth’s office said in a statement.

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“I would like to condemn those causing the situation which destroys peace and damages the country’s image,” he also wrote in a tweet.

The bombings come as Thailand is hosting this week the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), though none of the blasts disrupted the proceedings.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan was asked by the media whether the bombing could be related to the junta’s recent relinquishing of power as Thailand only recently ended five years of military rule following a 2014 coup, though he said “I don’t know either, let authorities investigate first.”

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Thai investigators cordon-off an area in which an explosion injured people in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Friday ordered an investigation into several small bombings in Bangkok that took place as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and several Asia-Pacific countries. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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This isn’t the first time violence occurred as Thailand was hosting an ASEAN event. In 2009, supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra – the main rivals of the current prime minister – stormed a hotel in the resort city of Pattaya, where an ASEAN meeting was taking place, in a bid to force out a government of their opponents. The ASEAN leaders were forced to flee, some by helicopter, and the summit canceled.

Authorities said Thursday that they found two fake bombs outside their headquarters in central Bangkok near the venue of the current meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers. Two men were arrested in connection with the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea test-fires weapons again Friday, South Korea says

North Korea fired what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles twice Friday into the sea off its eastern coast in its third round of weapons tests in just over a week, South Korea‘s military and presidential office said.

The increased testing activity is seen as brinkmanship aimed at increasing pressure on Seoul and Washington over stalled nuclear negotiations. North Korea also has expressed frustration at planned U.S.-South Korea military exercises, and experts say its weapons displays could intensify in coming months if progress on the nuclear negotiations isn’t made.

By test-firing weapons that directly threaten South Korea but not the U.S. mainland or its Pacific territories, North Korea may also be trying to dial up pressure on Seoul and test how far Washington will tolerate its bellicosity without actually causing the nuclear negotiations to collapse.

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Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launches were conducted at 2:59 a.m. and 3:23 a.m. from an eastern coastal area and said the projectiles flew 137 miles on an apogee of 15 miles and at a max speed of Mach 6.9.

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South Korea’s presidential office, which held an emergency meeting presided over by chief national security adviser Chung Eui-yong to discuss the launches, said the South Korean and U.S. militaries shared an assessment that the projectiles were likely newly developed short-range ballistic missiles the North has been testing in recent weeks. However, the office said further analysis was needed because the projectiles showed similar flight characteristics with the weapons that the North test-fired on Wednesday and described as a new rocket artillery system.

Kim Eun-han, a spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, said the Seoul government expressed “deep regret” over launches that it believes could hurt efforts for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said it was analyzing the launch and that the projectiles did not reach Japanese territorial waters or its exclusive economic zone.

The North fired short-range ballistic missiles on July 25 and conducted what it described as a test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system on Wednesday.

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Amid the stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States, North Korea has significantly slowed diplomatic activity with the South while demanding Seoul turn away from Washington and proceed with joint economic projects that have been held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North.

The North’s new launches came as the United Kingdom, France and Germany — following a closed U.N. Security Council briefing — condemned the North’s recent ballistic activity as violations of U.N. sanctions and urged Pyongyang to engage in “meaningful negotiations” with the United States on eliminating its nuclear weapons.

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The three countries also urged North Korea “to take concrete steps toward its complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” and said international sanctions should remain in place and be fully enforced until its nuclear and ballistic missile programs are dismantled.

U.S. officials have downplayed the threat of the launches to the United States and its allies.

However, the North’s recent weapons demonstrations have dampened the optimism that followed President Donald Trump’s impromptu summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 30 at the inter-Korean border. The leaders agreed to resume working-level nuclear talks that stalled since February, but there have been no known meetings between the two sides since then.

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The North has claimed the United States would violate an agreement between the leaders if it moves on with its planned military exercises with South Korea and said it will wait to see if the August exercises actually take place to decide on the fate of its diplomacy with Washington.

Trump said on Thursday he wasn’t worried about the weapons recently tested by North Korea, calling them “short-range missiles” that were “very standard.”

On Thursday, North Korea’s state media said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system he said would soon serve a “main role” in his military’s land combat operations.

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South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff had assessed the activity Wednesday as a short-range ballistic missile launch, saying the missiles flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles), a range that would be enough to cover the metropolitan region surrounding capital Seoul, where about half of South Koreans live, and a major U.S. military base just south of the city.

On July 25, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles that Seoul officials said flew 600 kilometers (370 miles) and as high as 50 kilometers (30 miles) before landing in the sea.

North Korea said those tests were designed to deliver a “solemn warning” to South Korea over its purchase of high-tech, U.S.-made fighter jets and the planned military drills, which Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal. The North also tested short-range missiles on May 4 and 9.

Attending an Asian security conference in Bangkok, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday the Trump administration remains ready to resume talks with North Korea now, but said a meeting this week would be unlikely.

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