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Kim supervised new weapons test

People watch a television news screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch at a railway station in Seoul on Saturday.-AFP People watch a television news screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch at a railway station in Seoul on Saturday.-AFP
Deanna Wagner | 12 August, 2019, 09:03

President Donald Trump said Saturday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to meet once again to "start negotiations" after joint U.S. They reportedly flew over 400 kilometers, reaching an altitude of about 48 kilometers.

KCNA did not specify whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery, but said they were developed to suit the North's "terrain condition" and provide "advantageous tactical character different from existing weapons systems".

He also maintained that he is not phased by the recent launches and says North Korea has yet to break its promise to stop nuclear tests. They are scheduled to last until August 20.

South Korea's military said the North on Saturday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles. -South Korea military exercises and the slow pace of nuclear negotiations with the United States. Noting that it was "a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises,"...

With the 2020 presidential elections on the horizon, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the significance of North Korea's frequent missile launches, claiming these tests use "smaller ones" and not ballistic missiles despite his officials reporting otherwise, the New York Times reported.

The European Union on Saturday condemned North Korea for the latest in a series of missile launches, saying the tests undermined worldwide efforts to achieve peace on the peninsula.

Pyongyang views the exercises as being "aggressive by nature", despite the exercises being scaled back.

But a statement from the North Korean foreign ministry called it a "test for developing the conventional weapons".

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But the North said that changing the name of the military exercise can not hide what it claimed is an "aggressive war game" against the regime.

These measures, however, apparently did little to lift Pyongyang of its perceptions of being threatened.

North Korea's state media has yet to confirm the launch, but in a commentary on Saturday it blamed the South for "building up arms against dialog". -South Korea military exercises end, and also apologized for the flurry of short-range missile tests.

Kim has decried the U.S.

If Kim's words to Trump are to be believed, such remonstrations could be serving to justify the country's attempt to enhance its military capacity before returning to talks with Washington presumably at the end of this month.

"Kim knows that he can continue to launch these short-range missiles without consequences".

Following the latest firings, Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday evening that Kim told him in a new letter that he wanted to resume the denuclearization talks once the joint exercise between the US and South Korea was over, and that its short range missiles "testing would stop when the exercises end".