The missile tests have all been short range

The missile tests have all been short range

North Korea says latest test was ‘new weapon’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a “new weapon” test, state media reported on Sunday, the latest in a series of launches that US President Donald Trump has played down as Washington seeks to restart nuclear talks with canada goose outlet cheap Pyongyang.

The report carried by the Korean Central News Agency followed Trump’s comments that Kim had expressed a willingness to meet once the US South Korean exercises are over and apologised for the slew of missile tests.

canadian goose jacket Saturday’s launch was the North’s fifth test in two weeks as it protests the annual military drills under way between Seoul and Washington which always infuriates Pyongyang. canadian goose jacket

Defence officials in canada goose outlet reviews Seoul said Pyongyang fired what appeared to be two short range ballistic missiles Saturday, flying 400km before splashing down in the sea between the canada goose outlet orlando Korean peninsula and Japan.

uk canada goose outlet KCNA provided no technical specifications but said Sunday they were a “new weapon” developed to suit the country’s “terrain condition”. uk canada goose outlet

The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried several photos showing a broadly grinning Kim surrounded by his aides as he observed the test.

canada goose store Kim Dong yub, a researcher at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the weapons were likely to be new short range ballistic missiles that are part of Pyongyang’s modernisation of its military capabilities. canada goose store

Canada Goose Jackets They were the “North Korean version of a low cost, high efficiency retaliation system” aimed at “incapacitating missile defence systems” in the South, Kim added. Canada Goose Jackets

In a statement issued by KCNA on Sunday, the North’s foreign ministry said the South’s refusal to cancel its joint drills with the US had effectively scuppered any prospect of future talks with Seoul.

Even after their abortive second summit in February and as Pyongyang has continued to test short range missiles Trump has been reluctant to criticise the North Korean leader.

Canada Goose Outlet On Friday the US president said he agreed with Kim’s opposition to the war games albeit for financial rather than military reasons and indicated the missile launches were not important. Canada Goose Outlet

“I’ll say it again. There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short range. No ballistic missile tests, no long range missiles,” Trump said.

canada goose black friday sale Then on Saturday, Trump said Kim had expressed in a cheap canada goose letter his willingness to meet and resume negotiations once the US South Korean exercises are over. canada goose black friday sale

Kim also offered a “small apology for testing the short range missiles,” the US leader noted, and said the tests would canada goose coats uk end once the military drills wrap up on August 20.

The pair last met in late June for brief cheap canada goose uk talks in the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas and Trump became the first sitting US president ever to step inside the North.

‘Licence to fire’

Shin Beom chul, an analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, said Trump’s downplaying of the launches were equvalent to endorsing the missile tests.

“If Kim felt the missile tests could jeopardise the dialogue momentum, he would refrain. But right now, it’s as if North Korea has a licence to fire short range missiles,” Shin told AFP.

The foreign ministry in Pyongyang said Trump’s comments effectively recognised the North’s “self defensive rights” as a sovereign state to conduct “small” missile tests.

canada goose coats on sale Leif Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said by appealing directly to canada goose outlet Trump, Kim was “trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul” as Pyongyang seeks to break the alliance. canada goose coats on sale

Washington and Seoul pledged in March to scale down their joint drills in an canada goose victoria parka uk effort to foster denuclearisation efforts.

canada goose clearance sale While past exercises involved extensive combat field training with thousands of American troops coming in from several countries to take part the current games are decidedly low key, with the emphasis on computer simulated scenarios canada goose clearance sale.

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