Published: Fri, August 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles - Seoul

North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles - Seoul

Both South Korean and USA intelligence authorities are now analyzing all available information. -South Korea military drills. After last Thursday's missile launches, Trump tried to downplay the significance of the tests, saying that "short-range" was the most important detail.

Before last week's launches, North Korea last fired missiles into the sea in early May, and experts said those were also Iskander-like missiles.

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles off its east hover, South Korea's defense force is quoted as asserting by Yonhap info company.

"It is not appropriate to shrug off these tests as short range." says Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. Pyongyang has also expressed anger over planned U.S.

North Korea has said it could restart intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear tests if Seoul and Washington go ahead with the exercises.

While Trump and Kim's DMZ meeting sparked a flicker of hope, with the promise of working-level meetings, those haven't materialized, and there's concern they may never.

South Korean officials said last week's missile launch were a new type of a short-range ballistic missile. Mr. Trump told Fox News last week that he is "getting along well" with Kim and the country "really haven't tested missiles other than smaller ones".

North Korea has long possessed a multitude of short-range weapons capable of striking South Korea.

South Korean defence minister Jeong Kyeong-doo told a defence forum in Seoul that stopping a missile like the KN-23 would be hard, although South Korea's missile defence systems would be able to detect and intercept them. The new missile launches were performed from the Hodo Peninsula in the South Hamgyong province on the eastern coast of the country and were aimed towards the Sea of Japan. "And the speed will be faster than Mach 7, so the Patriot (missile defense system) will also be of no use".

"We will continue to closely cooperate with the United States and others", Abe told reporters.

Another danger, according to Kim, is the KN-23's portability, since it is fired via truck launchers.

"And the payload could be nuclear or conventional", she adds.

South Korea's military had no immediate comment over the North Korean report.

By firing weapons that directly threaten South Korea but not the USA mainland or its Pacific territories, North Korea also appears to be testing how far Washington will tolerate its bellicosity without actually causing the nuclear negotiations to collapse, other experts say.

"(A) scary impressive missile", Narang said in a tweet.

While he says he remains "very hopeful" about the future of U.S.

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