North Korea launches another missile as President Trump promises more talks

  • North Korea launches another missile as President Trump promises more talks

North Korea launches another missile as President Trump promises more talks

Kim Dong-yub, a researcher at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the weapons were likely to be new short-range ballistic missiles that are part of Pyongyang's modernisation of its military capabilities.

Intelligence chiefs from both North Korea and South Korea held a secret meeting in April after the no-deal summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February, local media reported on Tuesday.

This has raised concerns that they complete the development of a series of new missiles along with the Russian-style Iskander and a 400-mm multiple launch rocket system.

"The Supreme Leader expressed great satisfaction, being very pleased that another new weapon intended by the Party came into being", KCNA reported.

Trump said Saturday that Kim wrote in a "very handsome letter" that he wants "to meet and start negotiations as soon as" Seoul and Washington conclude the joint drill this month. The allies' command post exercise kicked off on Sunday and is scheduled to continue until August 20.

In a statement issued by KCNA on Sunday, the North's foreign ministry said the South's refusal to cancel its joint drills with the United States had effectively scuppered any prospect of future talks with Seoul.

Experts said the short-range missiles fired Saturday are similar to the U.S.' Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) of short-range ballistic missiles which can be fitted to deliver hundreds of cluster munitions or bunker-busting warheads that can penetrate deep into the ground. "It was. also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end", Trump tweeted.

"I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future!"

The president told reporters at the White House Friday that he had received a "very positive" missive from Kim, which he said was "three pages, right from top to bottom, a really handsome letter".

North Korea has long denounced the annual exercises, which it considers rehearsals for an invasion despite allied assurances that the drills are defensive in nature.

Washington and Seoul pledged in March to scale down their joint drills in an effort to foster denuclearisation efforts.

Nearly immediately after conducting its launches Saturday, the North's KCNA released an editorial slamming the South for being the "harasser of peace and stability" on the peninsula with its drills and introduction of new equipment to its defensive arsenal. KCNA quoted a senior foreign ministry official as warning the drills were jeopardizing inter-Korean relations.

North Korea showed off another missile on Sunday, hours after President Donald Trump said he's not anxious about the recent spate of launches and raised hope for new nuclear talks with the communist state.