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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un expresses ‘great satisfaction’ over latest weapons tests

North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises.

Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said that following Friday’s launches, Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over his military’s “mysterious and amazing success rates” in recent testing activity and vowed to build up “invincible military capabilities no one dare provoke.” The report did not mention any specific comment about the United States or South Korea.

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In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo provided Saturday, Aug. 17, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches the test firing of an unspecified new weapon at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon that extended a streak of weapons demonstrations seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The launches were North Korea’s sixth round of tests since late July that revealed developments of a new rocket artillery system and two separate short-range mobile ballistic missile systems that experts say would expand its ability to strike targets throughout South Korea, including U.S. bases there.

NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES 2 MORE SHORT-RANGE MISSILES, US OFFICIAL SAYS

KCNA did not describe what Friday’s weapons were or how they performed, but said that the tests were successful and strengthened the military’s confidence in the reliability of the system.

North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos that showed what appeared to be a missile soaring from a launcher installed on a vehicle and striking what appeared to be a coastal target. Kim is seen jubilantly raising his fist while celebrating with military officials.

“(Kim) said everyone should remember that it is the (ruling) party’s core plan and unwavering determination to build a powerful force strong enough to discourage any forces from daring to provoke us and to leave any opponent defenseless against our Juche weapons of absolute power even in situations of physical clashes,” KCNA said, referring to the North’s national ideology of self-reliance.

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This Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo provided Saturday, Aug. 17, by the North Korean government, shows test firings of an unspecified new weapon at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon that extended a streak of weapons demonstrations seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

In a separate statement on Saturday, KCNA berated the ongoing U.S.-South Korea military drills as an invasion rehearsal that compels North Korea to constantly develop “powerful physical means and their deployment for an actual war.”

NORTH KOREA MOCKS SOUTH’S PRESIDENT AFTER LATEST MISSILE TEST, REJECTS PEACE TALKS

The United States has downsized its major military exercises with South Korea and halted dispatches of strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers to the region since the first summit between Kim and President Donald Trump last year. But North Korea says even the smaller drills violate agreements between the leaders.

South Korea’s military said earlier that two projectiles launched from the North’s eastern coast flew about 230 kilometers (143 miles) before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The U.S. and South Korean militaries were analyzing the launches but didn’t immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.

Experts say Trump’s repeated downplaying of the North’s recent launches allow the country more room to intensify its testing activity and advance its short-range weaponry while it seeks to build leverage ahead of nuclear negotiations with Washington, which could resume after the end of the military drills later this month.

The U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will visit Japan and South Korea early next week for talks on how to “further strengthen coordination on the final, fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea, the U.S. State Department said.

North Korea has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as trying to force Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf.

NORTH KOREA SLAMS SEOUL OVER MILITARY DRILLS WITH US, SAYS KIM OVERSAW LATEST WEAPONS TESTS

Hours before the latest launches, an unidentified North Korean government spokesperson used unusually blunt language to criticize South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul.

Moon said in a televised speech on Thursday that momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of “worrying actions taken by North Korea recently” and called for Pyongyang to choose “economic prosperity over its nuclear program.”

The spokesperson also criticized South Korea’s recent acquisition of advanced U.S.-made fighter jets and said it would be “senseless” for Moon to believe that inter-Korean dialogue will automatically begin after the end of the U.S.-South Korean drills.

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The North had recently said it would talk only with Washington and not Seoul, and that inter-Korean dialogue won’t resume unless the South offers a “plausible excuse” on why it keeps hosting military drills with the United States. Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, criticized the North Korean statement, saying it wouldn’t help efforts to improve relations.

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North Korea mocks South’s president after latest missile test, rejects peace talks

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North Korea took aim at South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday for his rosy comments about the supposed peace dialogue between the two nations, saying that his remarks would make a “boiled head of a cow (fall into) a side-splitting laughter.”

Moon held a televised speech Thursday in which he said that momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of “worrying actions taken by North Korea recently.” He also called for Pyongyang to choose “economic prosperity over its nuclear program.”

NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES 2 MORE SHORT-RANGE MISSILES, US OFFICIAL SAYS

On Friday, the spokesman for the North’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Country rejected – again – the South’s calls for dialogue, saying that Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul.

“A sure thing is that the (South) Korean chief executive is (such a) funny man as he just reads what was written by his juniors,” the statement said, while avoiding calling Moon by his name.

The statement also criticized South Korea’s recent acquisition of advanced U.S.-made fighter jets and said it would be “senseless” for Moon to believe that inter-Korean dialogue will automatically begin after the end of the ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.

“We have nothing to (talk about) anymore with (South) Korean authorities nor have any (plans) to sit with them again,” the statement said.

NORTH KOREAN SLAMS SEOUL OVER MILITARY DRILLS WITH US, SAYS KIM OVERSAW LATEST WEAPONS TESTS

The North had recently said it would talk only with Washington and not Seoul, and that inter-Korean dialogue won’t resume unless the South offers a “plausible excuse” on why it keeps hosting military drills with the United States. Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, criticized the North Korean statement, saying it wouldn’t help efforts to improve relations.

The North’s statement came hours before South Korea’s military detected two projectiles North Korea fired into the sea to expand a torrid streak of weapons display that’s apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over their joint drills and slow nuclear negotiations.

South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff said the projectiles launched from the North’s eastern coast flew about 143 miles on an apogee of 18 miles before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that the North had fired two short-range ballistic missiles – for the sixth time in three weeks.

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South Korea’s presidential office said national security adviser Chung Eui-yong presided over an emergency National Security Council meeting and Moon was briefed on the launches. The Blue House called for the North to stop launches that risk raising military tensions on the peninsula.

The weapons the North tested in recent weeks included a new rocket artillery system and what security analysts say are two new short-range mobile ballistic missile systems that would potentially expand its ability to strike targets throughout South Korea, including U.S. bases there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea launches two more short-range missiles, US official says

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North Korea fired two more short-range ballistic missiles for the sixth time in three weeks, a U.S. official told Fox News late Thursday.

South Korea‘s Joint Chiefs of Staff said earlier that projectiles were twice launched from an area on the North’s eastern coast, but did not say what the weapons were, how many were launched or how far they flew.

The latest launches extend the rogue nation’s streak of weapons tests, which are believed to be aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear diplomacy.

The weapons the North has tested in recent weeks included a new rocket artillery system and what security analysts say are two new short-range mobile ballistic missile systems that would potentially expand the North’s ability to strike targets throughout South Korea, including U.S. bases there.

Experts say President Trump’s downplaying of the North’s launches allowed Pyongyang more room to intensify its testing activity while it seeks to build leverage ahead of a possible resumption of negotiations, which could happen sometime after the end of joint military drills by the U.S. and South Korea later this month.

The North has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as dialing up the pressure on Seoul to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff alerted reporters to the launches hours after the North issued a statement berating South Korea, saying it’s “senseless” for Seoul to hope for a resumption of inter-Korean dialogue while it continues its military exercises with the United States.

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The statement by the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country came a day after Moon said in a speech that the momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of “worrying actions taken by North Korea recently.”

The North had recently said it plans to talk only with Washington and not Seoul, and that inter-Korean dialogue won’t resume unless South offers a “plausible excuse” on why it keeps hosting military drills with the United States.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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North Korea slams Seoul over military drills with US, says Kim oversaw latest weapons tests

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North Korea said Saturday that dictator Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a new weapons system, the latest in a series of launches widely seen as an effort to drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea amid ongoing joint military exercises between the two countries.

The Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang’s official propaganda organ, said Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over the launches. The agency didn’t specify whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery but said they were developed to suit the North’s “terrain condition” and provide “advantageous tactical character different to existing weapons systems.”

The KCNA statement came hours after President Trump said Kim has expressed a desire to meet again to start nuclear negotiations after the end of ongoing joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, and had apologized for the flurry of recent short-range ballistic launches that rattled U.S. allies in the region.

NORTH KOREA SAYS LATEST MISSILE TESTS WERE ‘WARNING’ TO US, SOUTH KOREA OVER MILITARY EXERCISES

In a separate statement, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry blasted South Korea for continuing to host military drills with the United States and said that its future dialogue will be held strictly between Pyongyang and Washington.

South Korea’s military said Friday that the North had launched two short-range ballistic missiles Saturday, the fifth such launch within the past two weeks. The country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles flew around 250 miles and landed in the Sea of Japan.

By launching a slew of weapons that directly threaten South Korea but not the U.S. mainland or its Pacific territories, North Korea also appears to be dialing up pressure on Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from the United States on Pyongyang’s behalf.

South Korea has said North Korea’s recent launches could hurt efforts to stabilize peace on the Korean Peninsula and called for the North to uphold an agreement to form a joint military committee to discuss reducing tensions, which was part of the inter-Korean military agreement reached last year. North Korea in recent months has ignored the South’s calls for dialogue while demanding that Seoul turn away from Washington and resume inter-Korean economic cooperation held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North.

The rash of weapons firings come as American and South Korean forces conduct a 10-day military exercise which the North has denounced. North Korean officials have called the large-scale annual drills a “rehearsal for war” while the South called the test-firings a show of force.

Pyongyang has claimed that the U.S.-South Korea exercises force it to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”

“Given that the military exercise clearly puts us as an enemy in its concept,” said Kwon Jong Gun, director of the U.S. affairs department at Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry. “They [South Korea] should think that an inter-Korean contact itself will be difficult to be made unless they put an end to such a military exercise or before they make a plausible excuse or an explanation in a sincere manner for conducting the military exercise.”

“Though we are to enter into a dialogue in future as the currents flow in favor of dialogue, [the South] had better keep in mind that this dialogue would be held strictly between the D.P.R.K and the U.S., not between the North and the South,” Kwon said, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Kwon’s remarks come a day after the North blasted the South’s acquisition of U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets as it tries to expand its military capabilities, warning that Seoul would gain “nothing but destruction” if it pursues a contest of strength with the North.

Hours after the North’s latest launches, Trump tweeted that Kim spent much of his letter complaining about “the ridiculous and expensive” U.S.-South Korea military exercises. He said that Kim offered him “a small apology” for the flurry of missile tests, and that he assured him they would stop when the exercises end.

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Trump said the tests do violate Kim’s pledge to give up nuclear and long-range tests. He said on Friday he received a “beautiful” three-page letter from Kim in which the leader complained of “the ridiculous and expensive exercises.”

Trump and Kim met twice for summits in Singapore and Hanoi. In June the leaders briefly at the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea.

Fox News reporter Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Trump says he received ‘small apology’ from Kim Jong Un for missile tests

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President Trump said Saturday that he had received a “small apology” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for testing short-range missiles — while appearing to side with him on what he called “ridiculous and expensive” joint exercises conducted by the U.S. and South Korea.

“In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over,” Trump tweeted. “It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises.”

NORTH KOREA AGAIN FIRES PROJECTILES INTO SEA OF JAPAN, OFFICIALS SAY

He went on to say that he is looking forward to meeting with him soon.

“It was also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future!” he said. “A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!”

Trump’s tweet comes as the isolated country continued, as Trump indicated, to continue to test short-range missiles on Saturday. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles were fired from the North’s east coast and landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Pyongyang has claimed that the U.S.-South Korea exercises force it to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”

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Trump has made unprecedented efforts to resolve the crisis in the Peninsula, shifting dramatically from warnings of “fire and fury” for North Korea if it continued to defy the international community in 2017 to two friendly summits in 2018 and 2019. He said on Friday that he received a “beautiful” three-page letter from Kim and predicted more talks.

However, this year talks have stalled on the question of Pyongyang’s denuclearization. Seoul and Washington have scaled down exercises since the first talks in 2018, but North Korea has continued to insist that even those violate agreements between Trump and Kim.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea again fires projectiles into Sea of Japan, officials say

North Korea fired more projectile missiles into the sea early Saturday in a likely rebuke of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea that the North has long regarded as a dress rehearsal for invasion.

Pentagon officials told Fox News the missiles were fired from North Korea’s east coast into the Sea of Japan. The sources would not confirm how many missiles were launched.

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People watching a TV showing an image of North Korea’s a multiple rocket launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea on Aug. 1. (AP)

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were launched from an area near the North’s east coast, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. It didn’t immediately Identify the projectiles or suggest how far they flew.

The launches came hours after President Trump told reporters he’d received a “beautiful” three-page letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The North Korean missile tests, which Trump has repeatedly played down, come amid stalled diplomatic talks with the United States on the North’s nuclear program.

So far, North Korea has stuck by its unilateral suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests, which came during a diplomatic outreach to Washington last year.

NORTH KOREA FIRES TWO MISSILES INTO SEA TO KEEP PRESSURE ON WASHINGTON

The North described recent test-firings as related to a new rocket artillery system and short-range ballistic missile launches. It previously called them a “solemn warning” to South Korea over its plans to continue military drills with the United States.

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Experts say the North’s weapons display could intensify in the coming months if progress isn’t made on the nuclear talks.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea says latest missile tests were ‘warning’ to US, South Korea over military exercises

North Korea said Tuesday that dictator Kim Jong Un supervised the latest live-fire demonstration of newly-developed short-range ballistic missiles, which Kim said was meant to send an “adequate warning” to the United States and South Korea over their joint military drills.

The bulletin from the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) came one day after South Korea’s military detected North Korea firing two projectiles into the sea.

NORTH KOREA FIRES TWO MISSILES INTO SEA TO KEEP PRESSURE ON WASHINGTON

A U.S. official told Fox News Monday that North Korea had launched two short-range ballistic missiles from its west coast that flew over the rogue nation before splashing down into the Sea of Japan. KCNA claimed the missiles accurately hit an island target off North Korea’s eastern coast.

The most recent launches were the regime’s fourth round of missile tests in less than two weeks and came minutes before the North’s Foreign Ministry denounced Washington and Seoul over the start of their joint exercises on Monday. The ministry’s statement said the drills, which North Korea sees as an invasion rehearsal, leave the country “compelled to develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”

The launches also came amid a standstill in nuclear negotiations and after President Trump repeatedly dismissed the significance of the country’s recent tests despite the threat the weapons pose to allies South Korea and Japan and to U.S. bases there.

NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES FIRST MISSILE TESTS SINCE HISTORIC TRUMP-KIM MEETING AT THE DMZ

The foreign ministry statement said Pyongyang remains committed to dialogue, but it may look for a “new road” if Washington and Seoul don’t change their positions.

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Military experts claim the new North Korean weapons considerably improve the regime’s military capabilities to strike targets across South Korea and warn Pyongyang’s testing activity could escalate if progress isn’t made on nuclear negotiations with the U.S.

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Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles traveled about 279 miles on an apogee of 23 miles at a maximum speed of above Mach 6.9 before landing in waters off the country’s eastern coast.

It said the projectiles showed similar flight characteristics to short-range missiles North Korea fired on July 25, which traveled about 373 miles during launches the North described a “solemn warning” to South Korea over its plans to continue military drills with the United States.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea says latest missile tests were ‘warning’ to US, South Korea over military exercises

North Korea said Tuesday that dictator Kim Jong Un supervised the latest live-fire demonstration of newly-developed short-range ballistic missiles, which Kim said was meant to send an “adequate warning” to the United States and South Korea over their joint military drills.

The bulletin from the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) came one day after South Korea’s military detected North Korea firing two projectiles into the sea.

NORTH KOREA FIRES TWO MISSILES INTO SEA TO KEEP PRESSURE ON WASHINGTON

A U.S. official told Fox News Monday that North Korea had launched two short-range ballistic missiles from its west coast that flew over the rogue nation before splashing down into the Sea of Japan. KCNA claimed the missiles accurately hit an island target off North Korea’s eastern coast.

The most recent launches were the regime’s fourth round of missile tests in less than two weeks and came minutes before the North’s Foreign Ministry denounced Washington and Seoul over the start of their joint exercises on Monday. The ministry’s statement said the drills, which North Korea sees as an invasion rehearsal, leave the country “compelled to develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”

The launches also came amid a standstill in nuclear negotiations and after President Trump repeatedly dismissed the significance of the country’s recent tests despite the threat the weapons pose to allies South Korea and Japan and to U.S. bases there.

NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES FIRST MISSILE TESTS SINCE HISTORIC TRUMP-KIM MEETING AT THE DMZ

The foreign ministry statement said Pyongyang remains committed to dialogue, but it may look for a “new road” if Washington and Seoul don’t change their positions.

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People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea’s missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Military experts claim the new North Korean weapons considerably improve the regime’s military capabilities to strike targets across South Korea and warn Pyongyang’s testing activity could escalate if progress isn’t made on nuclear negotiations with the U.S.

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Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles traveled about 279 miles on an apogee of 23 miles at a maximum speed of above Mach 6.9 before landing in waters off the country’s eastern coast.

It said the projectiles showed similar flight characteristics to short-range missiles North Korea fired on July 25, which traveled about 373 miles during launches the North described a “solemn warning” to South Korea over its plans to continue military drills with the United States.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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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.

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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.”

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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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Gordon Chang: Trump shows smart reaction to North Korea missile launches – but his patience has limits

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North Korea launched what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan twice Friday for its third round of tests in eight days. After the first launches Friday (Thursday in the U.S.), President Trump expressed no sense of alarm about the series of launches going back to May 4.

Trump called the newest launches “very standard” and said “I have no problem.”

The most recent launches took place after Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom June 30. But despite handshakes and Kim inviting Trump to step a few feet into North Korea, the missile tests didn’t stop.

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The U.S. president shouldn’t minimize these provocative acts. Yet there is one powerful reason he is right to show nonchalance and not react immediately.

The obvious question is: Why is Kim firing missiles at such a fast clip?

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As an initial matter, the Kim family’s playbook is to appear hostile and unpredictable. Launching missiles – even short-range ones – fits the bill at this particular moment. It is what the Kim family does, as evidenced by the conduct of Kim’s grandfather and father who ruled North Korea before him.

Moreover, Kim has what he thinks are grievances. He apparently wants a repeal of international economic sanctions on his regime, and it is no secret he hopes to end all U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises.

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When viewed in the context of just North Korea, it is a mistake to ignore Pyongyang’s provocative acts.

First, Kim’s ballistic missile launches – even short-range ones – are violations of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718.

The last thing the international community should be doing is giving the North the idea that it can, with impunity, violate U.N. or other rules. If there are no costs imposed early in an escalatory cycle, Kim will think he can up the pressure. Stopping provocations later will be harder – and far more dangerous.

Second, the launches clearly show that Kim has not made a strategic decision to give up his most destructive weapons – intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs.

The North is capable of – and may in fact be producing – six or seven nuclear warheads a year.

Trump’s current policy – lax enforcement of sanctions and laudatory words for Kim –assumes that the North Korean dictator has decided to disarm for the good of his regime.

In fact, since the historic Trump-Kim Singapore summit in June 2018, the North Koreans have increased production of fissile material, upgraded facilities to build missiles, and rehabilitated their aging plutonium-producing reactor in Yongbyon. The North is capable of – and may in fact be producing – six or seven nuclear warheads a year.

Trump’s North Korea policy, therefore, is not resulting in “denuclearization.”

Yet in a larger context, Trump is not committing a fundamental error his two immediate predecessors habitually made.

There are almost no coincidences when it comes to China and North Korea.

The U.S.-China trade talks Tuesday and Wednesday in Shanghai did not go well for the Chinese. Trump announced Thursday that he would impose additional 10 percent tariffs on $300 billion of China’s goods. So we should not be surprised if Kim’s missile launches are part of a scheme coordinated by Beijing.

During this and the preceding decade, Chinese leaders have dangled cooperation on North Korea for U.S. concessions on matters of importance to them. American secretaries of state, like John Kerry, knew how to go to the Chinese capital to plead for Beijing’s assistance after belligerent Kim acts. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama fell for this stratagem time and time again.

Trump – with a blistering three-part tweet Tuesday blasting China and his tariff-imposition tweet of Thursday – told the Chinese he was not going to fall into Beijing’s trap. Therefore, by ignoring North Korean provocations he has been effectively informing his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that Xi has no leverage over Washington.

In other words, Trump – whether this has been his intention or not – has divested the malign Chinese of their Pyongyang bargaining chip.

What is the path forward for Trump? He should now do to Kim what he has just done to Xi.

Trump, at the G-7 summit in Canada last year, said he was giving Kim a “one-time shot” to disarm. That means his patience is not, as it now appears, inexhaustible.

Kim should think about the way Trump treated Xi. For more than a year, the U.S. president was handing out free passes to the Chinese leader, using effusive language about him. Then in 2018 Trump brought down the hammer, imposing punitive tariffs on China and implementing other Beijing-unfriendly policies.

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Trump, in short, gave Xi a grace period in which to reciprocate generous American overtures. Xi, however, pushed Trump too far.

So Kim might want to ponder this Trump-Xi history before he tests the limits of Trump’s patience and launches another projectile into the Sea of Japan.

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