Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

North Korea launches 2 'projectiles,' vows to end talks with South Korea

North Korea launches 2 'projectiles,' vows to end talks with South Korea

North Korea has decried the U.S. Washington, Seoul's security ally, stations almost 30,000 troops in the South to defend it from its neighbor.

The dispute has raised concerns over the potential implications on the security cooperation between the two USA allies in the face of a series of North Korean missile tests in recent weeks. According to South Korea, the projectiles were fired from near Tongchon, a town in southwestern Kangwon Province, and fell into the sea of Japan. He also offered a "small" apology for testing the short-range missiles, according to Trump.

"As it will be clear, we have nothing more to talk about with South Korean authorities and we have no desire to sit down with them again", the North's spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said. Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader was quoted in early August sounding a warning that the shooting was "a solemn warning" to Seoul and Washington because of the joint military maneuvers by the two countries.

In a speech on Thursday marking the anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's rule in 1945, Moon outlined a goal of "achieving peace and unification by 2045", although his single five-year term ends in 2022.

"In spite of a series of worrying actions taken by North Korea recently, the momentum for dialogue remains unshaken", Moon said. "We want to clearly point out that (the comments) won't help the improvement of inter-Korean relations at all", a ministry official said.

Moon said economic cooperation with the North will provide a one-stop solution to "problems we now face, such as low growth, low birth rate and an aging society".

ButTrump's repeated downplaying of the launches has allowed the country more room to intensify its testing activity and advance its short-range weaponry while it seeks to build leverage ahead of denuclearization talks with Washington that could resume after the end of the joint military drills later this month, experts say.

The missiles appeared to be similar to the short-range missiles fired in the previous week, a United States official told Reuters.

United Nations resolutions prohibit North Korea from launching ballistic missiles, whether short-, medium- or long-range. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it had observed two "unidentified projectiles" that flew around 140 miles up to an altitude of almost 20 miles. Citing North Korea's failure to fully commit to denuclearization, Bolton told VOA: "We haven't had really any substantive negotiations, at the working level with North Korea since the president met with Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone ..."

The United States has downsized its major military exercises with South Korea and halted dispatches of strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers to the region since the first summit between Kim and President Donald Trump a year ago. A second summit in Hanoi in February broke up amid disagreements over sanctions relief and concessions from the North.

It comes amid stalled denuclearisation talks with Washington and US-South Korea military exercises, although Washington and Seoul played down the tests.

The statement, released by the Korean Central News Agency, also complained about drones and fighters purchased from the United States, and about plans announced this week to upgrade South Korea's missile capabilities.

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