North Korea fires short-range missiles in latest provocation
North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea on Thursday (Jul 25), complicating efforts to resume stalled nuclear talks with Washington and signalling its anger over planned US-South Korea joint military exercises.
It was Pyongyang’s first missile test since an impromptu meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month that produced an agreement to resume a working-level denuclearisation dialogue.
But those talks have yet to begin. And North Korea warned recently they could be derailed by Washington and Seoul’s refusal to scrap military exercises scheduled for next month.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the two missiles were launched just after dawn from Wonsan on the east coast.
Earlier in the day, a JCS official in Seoul said one of the two weapons flew more than 430 kilometres (270 miles), while the other travelled 690 kilometres and appeared to be a “new type of missile”.
But in the evening Seoul’s National Security Office (NSC) of the presidential Blue House said both of the two missiles are “analysed” to be “new type of short-range ballistic missiles”……..read more