Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

North Korea fires another projectile, South Korea says

North Korea fires another projectile, South Korea says

It comes just days after the North launched rocket artillery and an apparent short-range ballistic missile into the ocean. One missile flew 420 km (260 miles) and the other 270 km (168 miles), both reaching an altitude of about 50 km (30 miles) before falling into the sea, South Korea's military said.

North Korea reportedly launched two short-range missiles on Thursday afternoon - its second military provocation in five days following the testing of several rockets and missiles last Saturday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in as they visit on the top of Mount Paektu in Mount Paektu, North Korea on September 20, 2018.

South Korea's military reported that the missiles were fired from North Korea's western area.

In an extensive interview on Friday, Trump briefly touched on his take on North Korea's increased missile activity.

During his meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Friday, Biegun said "the door is still open for North Korea to return to the negotiating table", and that it is very important for South Korea and the United States to continue communication and cooperation, the ministry said in a statement.

In testing missiles that pose a threat to South Korea rather than the U.S. mainland, some experts think Kim is seeing how far he can press President Trump.

Coal revenue is believed to fund the country's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program.

The launches indicate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still working on building up his missile program and Washington isn't happy.

Where does North Korea and the USA go from here?

But analysts said the military applications of the new missiles should not be underestimated. "It is threatening to raise regional tensions and create political problems for Moon and Trump if not offered economic concessions it failed to win in Hanoi".

The North also criticized the test of a U.S. Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile from a U.S. Air Force base in California last week.

A day earlier, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said they detected the North firing multiple projectiles toward the sea from near the eastern town of Wonsan. The Department of Justice the vessel, Wise Honest, was approaching US territorial waters in American Samoa.

In related development, US President Donald Trump said US authorities were looking "very seriously" at the launch of the "short-range missiles".

North Korea last conducted a major missile test in November 2017 when it flight-tested the Hwasong-15 and demonstrated the potential capability to reach deep into the USA mainland.

Signatories included the United States and South Korea, as well as nations in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Experts have estimated the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal at anywhere between 20 and 60 warheads.

Since then, Kim has accused Washington of acting in "bad faith" and given it until the end of the year to change its approach.

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