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World North Korea tests ballistic missiles amid stalled nuclear talks

09:55  15 september  2021
09:55  15 september  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

EXPLAINER: Missile tests renew North Korea's regional threat

  EXPLAINER: Missile tests renew North Korea's regional threat SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it successfully tested what it described as new long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, renewing concerns that its nuclear-armed leadership its building its capacity to deliver strikes against U.S. allies in South Korea and Japan. Experts weigh in on what the missiles tests show about the ambitions of the North's isolated ruler, Kim Jong Un, and whether this signals a new threat. ___ THE MISSILES'Experts weigh in on what the missiles tests show about the ambitions of the North's isolated ruler, Kim Jong Un, and whether this signals a new threat.

HONG KONG — North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast Wednesday, the South Korean and Japanese governments said, two days after Pyongyang said it had tested a new cruise missile.

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The tests are the first North Korea has conducted in almost six months.

In a statement Wednesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the two ballistic missiles had been launched from a central inland area of North Korea and flown into the sea off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. It said South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies were conducting detailed analysis for additional information and that the South Korean military had strengthened surveillance in the area.

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  An arms race is heating up on the Korean Peninsula. Is the window for diplomacy closing? Analysts say the ratcheting up of military might between North and South Korea raises the possibility of misunderstandings that could spiral to dangerous consequences.He and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had agreed on "concrete measures to completely eliminate the fear of war and the risk of armed conflicts on the Korean Peninsula," Moon told the crowd at the time.

In Japan, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed that the weapons were believed to be ballistic missiles and called the launch "a threat to the peace and security of Japan and to the region."

"This is simply outrageous," Suga said, adding said the missiles had fallen outside Japan's exclusive economic zone but that the government would monitor the area "more closely than ever."

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Both South Korea and Japan said they would be holding meetings of their national security councils.

On Monday, North Korean state media said a new long-range cruise missile had been tested twice over the weekend. The missile was described as "a strategic weapon of great significance," suggesting that it could be North Korea's first cruise missile with nuclear capability.

North Korea Again Asked by U.S., Others to Discuss Nuclear Weapons, Missiles

  North Korea Again Asked by U.S., Others to Discuss Nuclear Weapons, Missiles U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim asked for North Korea to "respond positively to our multiple offers to meet without preconditions."Senior diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, calling on North Korea to enter diplomatic relations to discuss its weapons a day after Pyongyang announced successful tests of new long-range missiles.

Unlike cruise missiles, the testing of ballistic missiles is explicitly banned by United Nations Security Council resolutions on North Korea's weapons program.

Before this month, North Korea's most recent weapons activity was in March, when it tested a new tactical short-range ballistic missile. It also launched a cruise missile hours after President Joe Biden was inaugurated in late January, in keeping with its practice of testing new U.S. leaders.

Talks on dismantling North Korea's weapons programs have been stalled since 2019, when discussions between former President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un collapsed over the issue of U.S. sanctions. While the Biden administration has signaled openness to diplomacy, it has said there will be no sanctions relief until North Korea makes progress toward denuclearization.

Nuclear envoys from the U.S., South Korea and Japan met in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss how to end the diplomatic standoff with the North. North Korea was also among the issues addressed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, at a meeting in Seoul on Tuesday.

EXPLAINER: Kim's launches show push to boost nuke arsenal .
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's recent sword-rattling after months of relative quiet makes clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working on expanding his weapons arsenal. Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railway. A new cruise missile resembling the U.S. Tomahawk that can be potentially topped with atomic warheads. The apparent resumption of making fuel for potential nuclear bombs. Likely they are an attempt to wrest concessions from Washington if, and when, long-stalled diplomatic talks on Kim's nuclear program resume.

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