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US News North Korea Reminds U.S. of Year-End Deadline With Missile Test

07:25  01 november  2019
07:25  01 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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North Korea test -launched another volley of what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles , in a show of firepower that reminded the U . S . of Kim The meeting draws leaders from across the region, although Trump isn’t attending this year. “The North Korean -set year - end deadline is approaching

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(Bloomberg) -- North Korea test-launched another volley of what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles, in a show of firepower that reminded the U.S. of Kim Jong Un’s threat to walk away from nuclear talks in the new year.

North Korean state media said Friday that the regime oversaw a test of “super-large multiple rocket launchers,” releasing photos similar to a weapons system repeatedly demonstrated in recent months. South Korea’s military said the regime fired off two projectiles minutes apart Thursday from the western province of South Pyongan, with the weapons falling in the sea separating the peninsula from Japan.

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a man sitting on a table: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting the test-fire of intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location. North Korea declared on July 4 it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile -- a watershed moment in its push to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the mainland United States. © Photographer: AFP Contributor/AFP North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting the test-fire of intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location. North Korea declared on July 4 it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile -- a watershed moment in its push to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the mainland United States.

North Korea has fired off at least 20 missiles in a dozen different military tests since breaking a testing-freeze in May, with the operations seen by experts as improving its ability to launch quick strikes through new weapons that can deliver nuclear warheads to all of South Korea and parts of Japan.

Weapons experts said one projectile shown in a photo appeared to be the KN-25 short-range ballistic missile, which the regime has recently fired off from mobile launchers. South Korea said the two projectiles traveled about 90 kilometers (55 miles) into the atmosphere and covered a distance of 370 kilometers, which experts said was similar to previous KN-25 launches.

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The missile tests serve to remind Trump that North Korea can turn up the temperature quickly if a deal fails to materialize—and that this time, unlike in 2017 If North Korea ’ s end - of - year deadline passes without a shift in the U . S . negotiating position, Kim may ring in the New Year with a bang.

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“Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over it and sent congratulations to the national defense scientists who are devotedly struggling for developing the self-defensive military muscle of the country and bolstering up its armed forces,” the official Korean Central News Agency said Friday. There was no immediate indication that Kim, who has been on hand for most of the tests since May, personally oversaw the latest one.

The latest launch Thursday came about a day after Kim sent a condolence message to South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the death of his mother. North Korea has in recent days reiterated its calls on U.S. President Donald Trump to ease sanctions on the state or risk Pyongyang taking a “new path” that could escalate security tensions.

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2019, for South Carolina. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2019, for South Carolina. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

The Association of Southeast Nations’ annual meetings opened this week in Bangkok and the North Korean regime has sometimes timed weapons tests to coincide with such high-profile summits. The meeting draws leaders from across the region, although Trump isn’t attending this year.

“The North Korean-set year-end deadline is approaching, and Pyongyang will likely continue to keep up the pressure and even escalate tensions by testing more weapons over the next several weeks,” said Rachel Minyoung Lee, a Seoul-based analyst with the NK Pro website.

People watch a TV broadcast showing a file footage for a news report on North Korea firing two projectiles, possibly missiles, into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, in Seoul, South Korea, October 31, 2019.    REUTERS/Heo Ran © Thomson Reuters People watch a TV broadcast showing a file footage for a news report on North Korea firing two projectiles, possibly missiles, into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, in Seoul, South Korea, October 31, 2019. REUTERS/Heo Ran

On Sunday, the North Korean spy chief who delivered a personal message from Kim to Trump at the White House at the start of the year, issued a fresh warning to Washington, saying “there is a limit to everything.”

“The U.S. is now more desperately resorting to the hostile policy towards the DPRK, misjudging the patience and tolerance of the DPRK,” Kim Yong Chol was quoted as saying by KCNA , referring to North Korea by its official name.

This Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government,  shows what it says a test firing of a super-large rocket launcher by the Academy of Defense Science in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: © ASSOCIATED PRESS This Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, shows what it says a test firing of a super-large rocket launcher by the Academy of Defense Science in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. 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)

After about an eight-month lull in direct nuclear dealings, the U.S. and North Korea held their first direct nuclear negotiations in Stockholm in early October, with the two sides disagreeing about what was on the table and showing how far apart they are.

Trump and Kim Jong Un have little to show for their diplomacy that started with their first summit in Singapore in 2018 and included two other direct meetings. Trump has shrugged off the recent North Korean weapons tests, saying Kim has lived up to his pledge to halt tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea’s prior launch of a ballistic missile came Oct. 2, when it fired from an underwater platform a new type of weapon designed to be deployed on a submarine, which had an estimated range of about 1,900 kilometers.

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