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NKorea Test-Fires More Missiles        08/24 08:59

   North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east 
coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's 
military said, a day after it vowed to remain America's biggest threat in 
protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country.

   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired two suspected short-range 
ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch 
in a month, South Korea's military said, a day after it vowed to remain 
America's biggest threat in protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country.

   The North had been expected to halt weapons tests because the 10-day 
U.S.-South Korean drills, which it views as an invasion rehearsal, ended 
earlier this week.

   President Donald Trump downplayed the latest launch.

   "Kim Jong Un has been, you know, pretty straight with me. ... He likes 
testing missiles but we never restricted short-range missiles. We'll see what 
happens," Trump told reporters outside the White House late Friday night.

   Saturday's launches were made from northeastern South Hamgyong province, 
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. They flew about 380 kilometers (236 
miles) at the maximum altitude of 97 kilometers (60 miles), the military said.

   The Japanese government said the suspected missiles caused no damage and did 
not land in its territorial waters.

   South Korea's National Security Council expressed strong concern about the 
launches and urged North Korea to stop acts that raise military tensions. 
Council members said South Korea will launch diplomatic efforts to make North 
Korea return to nuclear talks with the United States, according to the 
president's office.

   North Korea's foreign minister said Friday his country will try to remain 
"America's biggest threat" if the United States continues to confront it with 
sanctions. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho also called U.S. Secretary of State Mike 
Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the 
absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang.

   Ri's blistering rhetoric and the missile launches may dim the prospect for 
an early resumption of nuclear negotiations between the countries. The top U.S. 
envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said Wednesday that Washington was ready 
to restart the talks.

   North Korea's anger over the U.S.-South Korean military drills had focused 
on South Korea, not the United States. Starting in late July, North Korea has 
tested a slew of weapons, mostly short-range missiles and rockets. Some of the 
weapons revealed developments of a new rocket artillery system and two 
different short-range mobile ballistic missiles that experts say would expand 
its ability to strike targets throughout South Korea.

   Many analysts said the tests were aimed at applying more pressure on the 
United States ahead of a possible resumption of nuclear talks.

   U.S.-led diplomacy to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons collapsed after 
Trump rejected North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's demand for widespread 
sanctions relief in return for partial disarmament steps during their second 
summit in Vietnam in February. Trump and Kim met again at the Korean border in 
late June and agreed to resume the talks.

   Saturday's launches came two days after South Korea said it would terminate 
a military intelligence-sharing deal with Japan amid bitter trade and history 
disputes between the U.S. allies.

   The decision drew criticism that it would end up weakening South Korea's 
defense and reconnaissance capability at a time when North Korea's nuclear 
threats remain intact. The United States, which wants stronger trilateral 
security cooperation with Seoul and Tokyo, expressed disappointment at the 
South Korean decision.

   South Korea's military said it will share information on the latest North 
Korean launches with Japan at Tokyo's request as the intelligence deal is valid 
until November.

   "We want to continue the cooperation among Japan, the U.S. and South Korea," 
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters. "North Korea's repeated 
launches of projectiles and missiles show North Korea is working on developing 
such technology."


(KR)

 
 
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