Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

South Korea military says North launches 2 projectiles

South Korea military says North launches 2 projectiles

"In parallel with denuclearization talks, Pyongyang appears to be pushing to modernize its decades-old conventional weapons system", Kim said, adding that it would be an effective way for the country to intensify its menace against South Korea and its allies.

S. side at an agreed-upon time and place in late September to comprehensively discuss issues the two sides had taken up, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

If talks do take place, both parties will be severely limited by their respective negotiating stances.

Kim, who has suspended testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles while engaged in talks with the USA, has given Trump until the end of the year to ease up on sanctions choking his state's anemic economy.

"I think the USA has since had enough time to find the calculation method that it can share with us".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at U.S. Embassy Kabul on June 25, 2019, during an unannounced visit to Kabul, Afghanistan.

However, analysts say the string of launches highlight how North Korea has been able to further develop its military capabilities in the absence of any concrete agreement with the United States.

Negotiations have stalled for months following a failed summit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, in February, the second between Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in less than a year.

US President Donald Trump has played down the tests when speaking about North Korea publicly.

But the recent short-range tests may put a different sort of pressure on Washington by raising "tensions in a way that creates a heightened sense of urgency behind getting a diplomatic deal on North Korea's own terms", said Mintaro Oba, a former Korea expert at the U.S. State Department.

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But one expert urged caution in hoping for too much from the development.

The end-of-September time frame would coincide with the annual United Nations General Assembly in NY, which Pompeo is due to attend.

"Well, I saw a statement was just put out having to do with North Korea, and that'll be interesting", Trump said.

Choe, a key figure in denuclearization talks, warned that talks would collapse "If the US side fingers again the worn-out scenario which has nothing to do with the new calculation method".

"President Trump has made a commitment to their security and economic prosperity", Pompeo said Sunday in an interview on ABC's "This Week" program. North Korea's mission to the United Nations said last week Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho would not attend "due to his schedule".

"The missile launches were a reminder to the U.S. that North Korea is ready for both dialogue and a 'new path, '" said Rachel Minyoung Lee, a specialist on North Korea at Seoul-based NK Pro.

"It's always hard to say what motivates North Korean decisionmaking".

During the videoconference, the NSC standing committee expressed strong concerns about the DPRK's continued launch of short-range projectiles since May while reviewing overall security situations on the Korean Peninsula.

"North Korea", he said, "has to tread the line between using these tests to gain leverage and getting Washington so acclimated to this tactic that it has increasingly little impact". "We also have to consider the bureaucratic and political possibilities".

The missile tests also come at a time of increasing friction between Japan and South Korea, two key United States allies in the region.

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