N. Korea Fires Two Unidentified Projectiles from Southwest Region

Protesters hold up placards to oppose planned joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States near the U.S. embassy in Seoul South Korea on Monday

The rockets landed in the sea of Japan, days after a Pyongyang spokesman claimed the US and South Korean were "sharpening a stick to do us harm". The missiles traveled about 450 kilometers and reached a height of about 37 kilometers, it added.

The adverse side effects of Japanese retaliation against South Korea, following the shutdown of a bilateral comfort women's foundation and South Korean court orders to compensate Korean victims of forced labor, are unveiling the tightly interwoven tech supply chain that binds the two countries.

The two leaders held a historic summit in Singapore a year ago, where the North made a vague pledge on denuclearisation, and a second summit in Hanoi this February broke up amid disagreements over sanctions relief and what Pyongyang might be willing to give up in return.

But a statement from its Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday said the military drills violated a pledge by Trump to Kim and warned that if Washington and Seoul disregard its repeated warnings, "we will make them pay (a) heavy price".

The talks have yet to resume and analysts believe the North Korean missile tests have been aimed both at improving military capabilities as well as at extracting more concessions, but Washington has shown no sign of budging on the key issue of sanctions relief.

People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

"The U.S. and South Korean authorities remain outwardly talkative about dialogue".

The statement from an unidentified spokesperson said Pyongyang remains committed to dialogue, but it may look for a "new road" if the allies don't change their positions.

We're waiting for the Joint Chiefs of Staff to give their thoughts on the significance of the recent firing from this location. and whether this rare incident of consecutive firings of short-range missiles is going to continue in the future.

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. "There is far too much for North Korea to gain".

The July 25 launches were the first since Mr Trump and Mr Kim met at the heavily armed Demilitarised Zone that separates the two Koreas on June 30. The talks have yet to resume and in July and early August, North Korea carried out three short-range missiles tests in eight days.

In the KCNA statement Tuesday, the North held out the possibility of more dialogue. "We remain unchanged in our stand to resolve the issues through dialogue".

"It is too axiomatic that a constructive dialogue can not be expected at a time when a simulated war practice targeted at the dialogue partner is being conducted", said the statement released by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had hoped to meet his North Korean counterparts at a regional summit last week in Bangkok, Thailand.

However, the visa waiver will no longer apply to those citizens of these countries that have visited Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and now also North Korea since March 1, 2011.

"I wish they'd have come here", Pompeo told reporters before heading home from Thailand.

At a United Nations -sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, a North Korean diplomat accused Washington of "inciting military tension" by holding the joint exercises and warned that Pyongyang would have to "reconsider the major steps we have taken so far".

But he said the North's latest provocations will likely further delay working-level talks, which US officials had expected to start in mid-July.



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