Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Korea fires two suspected missiles after branding Pompeo a 'toxin'

North Korea fires two suspected missiles after branding Pompeo a 'toxin'

The missile launch comes a day after South Korea pulled out of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, stating that it no longer meets Seoul's "national interests" to do so, according to reports by The Japan Times.

Last Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tested two projectiles which were launched from the North's eastern coast and landed in the Sea of Japan.

The Japanese Coast Guard says North Korea have fired two ballistic missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) said North Korea fired the projectiles on Saturday morning from around Sondok, South Hamgyong Province.

Ri's blistering rhetoric and the missile launches may dim the prospect for an early resumption of nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea.

"North Korea knows bilateral security cooperation between Japan and Korea is on life support and is now aiming to weaken underperforming trilateral cooperation with the USA, which also is placed under great stress due to the current tensions", Miller said.

They say two missiles flew about 380 kilometers, reaching an altitude of 97 kilometers.

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The officials who confirmed the explosion spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Al-Saqr was among a string of explosions that hit militia bases and munitions depots over the past several weeks.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-firing of a new weapon, presumed to be a short-range ballistic missile. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho also called US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang.

"We are consulting closely with our Japanese and South Korean allies", the official said.

The Japanese Defense Ministry said the weapons were "apparently ballistic missiles", adding that the launch did not affect Japan's security and that the missiles did not land in the country's exclusive economic zone.

Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said that North Korea's missile launches were a clear violation of United Nations resolutions and can not be ignored.

North Korea's foreign minister said Friday his country will try to remain "America's biggest threat" if the United States continues to confront it with sanctions.

Tensions have been rising since a failed summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of February.

Ri added: "If the USA still dreams a pipe dream of gaining everything through sanctions, we are left with two options, either to leave it enjoying the dream to its heart's content or to wake it up from the dream". Sondok is the site of a North Korean military airfield.

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