- The South Korean military authorities detailed that the North Korean test consisted of "two unidentified short-range projectiles," which were fired from the town of Kaechon.
- The new test comes a day after North Korea celebrated the 71st anniversary of the country’s founding.
- North Korea has always expressed firm opposition to joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.
Just a few hours after announcing Pyongyang’s willingness to resume dialogue with the United States, the North Korean government made a new missile launch on Tuesday. According to sources from the General Staff of the South Korean Armed Forces, two shots were fired towards the direction of the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
The South Korean military authorities detailed that the North Korean test consisted of “two unidentified short-range projectiles,” which were fired from the town of Kaechon (75 kilometers north of Pyongyang), South Pyongan Province, at 7:12 local time (22:12 GMT on Monday).
“The total distance traveled by the projectiles was about 330 kilometers, and its additional specifications are being analyzed by the intelligence agencies of the Republic of Korea (the official name of South Korea) and the United States,” the statement adds. The General Staff concludes by saying that “any action that raises tension will not help efforts to pacify the Korean peninsula,” and urges to stop these gestures “immediately.”
Negotiations with the US
The new test comes a day after North Korea celebrated, without an apparent military crash, as on other occasions, the 71st anniversary of the country’s founding. The nation was also hit over the weekend by a typhoon that left five dead and hundreds of buildings destroyed. In addition, the test takes place a few hours after the North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Choe Son-hui, said the regime has the will to sit “face to face” in negotiations with the United States.
“We want to be face to face with the United States at the end of September, on a date and place that we can agree on,” said Choe, putting on the table a date that coincides with the annual General Assembly of the United Nations, which shall be celebrated in the last week of September in New York, and will bring together leaders from around the world.
“I have a very good relationship with Chairman Kim,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. “I always say having meetings is a good thing. We’ll see what happens,” Trump added, while responding to news reporters about the North Korean talks proposal.
North Korea Protest
From the word go, North Korea has always expressed firm opposition to joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula. According to North Korean authorities, the maneuvers are in violation of last year’s summit in Singapore, where Donald Trump, in the presence of Kim Jong Un, pledged to suspend large-scale military maneuvers. However, according to the United States, the exercises do not violate the agreement in any way whatsoever.