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Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:23 GMT

N Korea Launches Two Projectiles, Dismisses Talk with South

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7Dnews London

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:13 GMT

North Korea launched two projectiles into the sea on Friday August 16th, and dismissed any chance for peace talks being called between the two sides by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, as reported by AFP.

For North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, these tests were as a "solemn warning" to South Korea. It was the sixth round of missile launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing joint US-South Korea drills.

The projectiles were fired from near the city of Tongchon, and flew some 230 kilometres (143 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan, which is also known as the East Sea, South Korean military said.

The latest test came as the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said it rejected comments by Moon on Thursday August 15th, explaining his desire for unification.

It called Moon, an "impudent guy rare to be found," for hoping for a relaunching of inter-Korean talks, while continuing with military drills with their ally, the US, which the North regards as rehearsals for invasion.

On Thursday August 15th, in a speech marking the anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's rule from 1910-45, Moon mentioned that he aimed to "achieve peace and unification by 2045."

"His speech deserves the comments 'foolish commemorative speech'," North Korea said in its statement, rejecting further peace talks with the South.

"We have nothing to talk any more with the South Korean authorities, nor have any idea to sit with them again," it added.

The North's comments are not "consistent" with the spirit of inter-Korean agreements, including the Panmunjom Declaration signed by Moon and Kim in April last year, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.

The joint US-South Korea drills have been held for years, but were scaled down to decrease tensions with Pyongyang.

And, according to AFP, plans to resume working-level talks between the North and Washington also seem to have stalled.


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