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US NewsNorth Korea Fires Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles, South Says

14:40  09 may  2019
14:40  09 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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North Korea has fired two short - range ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea ’s military said on Thursday. The firing is a likely show of anger at continuing war games by Washington and Seoul and another ratcheting up of hostility on the Korean peninsula. The South Korean defence ministry says

South Korea responded within minutes by firing two ballistic missiles into the sea in a simulated strike on the North . US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also condemned the launch and the UN Security Council will meet later on Friday in New York at the request of the United States and Japan.

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, the South Korean military said, an escalation from the North’s most recent weapons test just five days ago.

The two missiles were launched eastward from the country’s northwest, with one flying 260 miles and the other about 170 miles, the military said in a statement. It said officials from the South and the United States were jointly analyzing flight data to determine what type of missiles they were.

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a missile on Sunday, a week after its successful test of a new intermediate- range ballistic missile , South Korean officials said . The missile took off from a location near Pukchang, northeast of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital

North Korea fired two short - range ballistic missiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Thursday, fuelling a build-up in military tensions after its recent The South Korean Defence Ministry says the missiles were fired from North Hwanghae province, flew about 500 kilometres (310 miles) and fell

“Our military has stepped up our surveillance and monitoring in preparation for possible additional launches by North Korea,” the statement said. “We remain fully prepared in close coordination with the United States.” The statement did not say where the missiles had landed, but the reported distances would put them in the sea between North Korea and Japan. North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles, South Says © Jung Yeon-Je/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A television showing file footage of North Korean missiles during a South Korean news broadcast at the Seoul Railway Station on Thursday.

The launch came five days after North Korea fired several short-range projectiles off its east coast. They flew 43 to 125 miles before landing in the sea, the South Korean military said then in a statement.

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SEOUL - North Korea fired two short - range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast city of Wonsan early on Thursday, flying approximately 500 km (300 miles), South Korea 's military said .

Japan said on Thursday that the two missiles had not landed in its territorial waters. “At the moment, we don’t see any situation that would immediately impact on Japan’s security,” its Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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The South Korean military first said the missiles were fired from Sino-ri, home to a North Korean ballistic missile base. But it later amended that, saying they had been launched from Kusong, a town north of Sino-ri.

North Korea has frequently launched missiles from Kusong, including its first solid-fuel midrange ballistic missile, known as Pukguksong-2, which it launched from there in February 2017. The Pukguksong-2 test marked a major leap forward for the North because the missile used solid fuel, which makes it easier to hide, transport and launch and harder for the United States to target in a pre-emptive strike.

Ko Min-jung, a spokeswoman for Pesident Moon Jae-in of South Korea, called the Thursday launches “a very disturbing development,” adding, “This does not help at all efforts to improve South-North Korean relations and ease military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.”

North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles, South Says © AP This Saturday, May 4, 2019, photo provided on Sunday, May 5, 2019, by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, equipped with binoculars, observing tests of different weapons systems.

Like the test on Saturday, the missile launches on Thursday did not violate a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests that the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, declared in April of last year. But launching any kind of ballistic missile, including short-range missiles, violates United Nations Security Council resolutions that bar North Korea from testing such technology, analysts said. The tests on Saturday may also have involved at least one ballistic missile.

The launches come about two months after Mr. Kim met for the second time with President Trump, hoping to win relief from punishing sanctions in return for a partial dismantlement of his country’s nuclear weapons program.

But that meeting, in Hanoi, Vietnam, collapsed after Mr. Trump refused to lift sanctions until North Korea relinquished all of its nuclear weapons. Mr. Kim had wanted the most punishing sanctions lifted in exchange for only a partial dismantlement of its nuclear program.

North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles, South Says © AP A TV screen shows file footage of North Korea's missile launch during a news program. Stephen Biegun, Mr. Trump’s point man on North Korea, was in Seoul on Thursday for talks with South Korean officials on how to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table. Mr. Biegun has been widely expected to discuss humanitarian food aid that South Korea plans to provide to the North as an incentive.

The North’s weapons tests in recent days have been the most serious since the country launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.

The test on Saturday was largely seen as an attempt to increase pressure on Washington to return to talks with a more flexible proposal after the breakdown of the summit meeting in Hanoi. North Korean and American officials have since been unable to resume negotiations.

The choice to launch short-range projectiles on Saturday suggested that Mr. Kim had not given up hope on resuming negotiations, analysts said then. Mr. Trump has repeatedly cited Mr. Kim’s moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests as a reason to continue talks with North Korea.

North Korea is “incrementally increasing the magnitude of the test to try to increase the momentum” of any future diplomatic talks, Michael Bosack, a special adviser for government relations at the Yokosuka Council on Asia Pacific Studies in Japan, said after the launches on Thursday.

With the United States still indicating that it is willing to continue talks, Mr. Kim is “posturing for what’s going to happen when they get there,” Mr. Bosack said. “The U.S. has not said ‘if you keep doing this we’re cutting off talks.’ Even after this last test this past weekend, the response from the U.S. was ‘we still want to talk,’ so this is to generate urgency and improve his position at the negotiating table.”

After the launches on Saturday, Mr. Trump said on Twitter that Mr. Kim “knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!”

Motoko Rich contributed reporting from Tokyo.

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