Kim sends latest missile to warn South Korea, US as tensions rise

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Kim sends latest missile to warn South Korea, US as tensions rise
Leader Kim Jong Un of North Korea launches another missile to warn US and South Korea with their joint war forces.

Leader Kim Jong Un of North Korea launches another missile as a warning to Washington and Seoul over their joint war games as tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, state news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday.

The latest launch came after the South Korean and US militaries began their computer-simulated joint exercises on Monday. 

South Korea and Washington managed this to test Seoul’s ability to take operational control in wartime. 

The joint countries have been doing the drills in spite of Pyongyang’s warnings that their exercises would jeopardise the nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea. 

On Tuesday, KCNA reported that Kim had watched the launches which verified the “war capacity” of the “new-type tactical guided missiles”. 

“Kim Jong Un noted that the said military action would be an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military drill now underway by the US and South Korean authorities.”

The South Chiefs of Staff said earlier that Pyongyang fired two projectiles into the sea, which “are assumed to be short-range ballistic missiles”. 

North Korea has threatened more warnings besides these latest weapons, which are the fourth pair of projectiles fired in less than two weeks. 

Trump and Kim’s summit

US President Donald Trump had downplayed North’s launches, because he presumed that Kim would not want to “disappoint” him as North made a vague commitment to US on denuclearization during the historic summit in Singapore last year. 

A second summit happened this February in Hanoi in the midst of disagreements on sanctions relief and what Pyongyang might be willing to give up in return. 

The two countries agreed to resume nuclear talks during their impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone last June, although working-level dialogue has not started yet.  

Analysts expect the military maneuvers on both sides could see discussions pushed back until the autumn, as Pyongyang signalled on Tuesday that he is in no mood to talk. 

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