North Korea says it's willing to resume nuke talks with US

North Korea says it's willing to resume nuke talks with US

That's the same day Seoul says Pyongyang fired two projectiles.

As for criticism that South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff have not revealed more about Tuesday's launches, . including the projectiles' flight altitude, the Joint Chiefs responded that it's due to concerns about exposing the South Korean military's intel gathering.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a missile launch in Kaechon, South Pyongan Province on Tuesday, in this image from the [North] Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

The report says Kim also unveiled a plan to increase the production of tactical guided weapons, including the rocket launcher.

The latest weapons test came just hours after North Korea offered to resume nuclear talks with the United States.

"It's possible that the missiles were fired from. a 600 mm super-large multiple rocket launcher, or a new missile system, given their flight from an inland area to the East Sea and their flight distances", the spokesman added.

"The timing could be convenient for USA diplomacy with North Korea", said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Seoul's Ewha University.

The North Korean statement cited recent comments by US officials expressing a desire for negotiations and made no mention of any new concessions.


Pyongyang said on Monday that it was willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach.

Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at Washington's Center for the National Interest think tank, said Trump was now free to find a national security adviser opposed to wars of regime change and willing to back a diplomatic track with North Korea.

North Korea has also conducted at least eight test launches since then, usually with multiple missiles each time. After their latest meeting, the US said Kim had agreed to begin detailed negotiations by mid-July.

The military here has regularly been embarrassed by North Korea a day later, when state media published their own announcements and clips.

Three of them were shown to have been uncovered after the launch, while the remaining tube was blocked. raising speculations that one of the launches could have been a misfire. gone undetected by the South Korean military.

Trump and Kim had agreed to restart working-level talks during a meeting at the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula in June, but those talks have yet to begin.

Kim and US President Donald Trump adopted a vaguely-worded statement on the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" at their first summit in Singapore in June previous year, but little progress has since been made on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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