The launches of two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday towards East Sea (Sea of Japan) were intended to warn South Korea, says North Korea.
According to Korean-Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim Jong Un personally organized the launches as a part of power demonstration to send a solemn warning to the South Korean military.
Kim Jong Un said he is “gratified” by the performance of “tactical guided weapon system” which came amid and what appears to be another end to the nuclear negotiations between North Korea and United States. Though, Donald Trump and Kim agreed to resume working-level negotiations after their last month meeting which were not announced publicly.
Thursday’s test-launch came 78 days after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) on May 9 from the country’s North Pyongan Province — two SRBMs which flew around 420 and 270 kilometer respectively. https://t.co/5hMdtZGjCm
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The North Korean leader condemned South Korean decision to hold joint military exercises with United States next month and acquire “ultra-modern offensive weapons,” according to KCNA.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry announced on July 16 that two F-35A stealth fighters had arrived in the country from U.S. Seoul currently has four F-35s and plans to acquire 40 by 2021. Kim fears this decision of South Korea would be capable of evading North Korean radars.
Kim considered these acts of South Korea’s military move to be “suicidal” that would torpedo the recent diplomatic progress between the two sides. He also cautioned President Moon Jae-in to heed “the warning from Pyongyang”.
North Korea has viewed the annual joint military drills between South Korea and United States with hostility. To ease tensions with Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington have suspended and scaled back many joint exercises. Next month’s drill will likely consist of mostly computer simulations.
Also, Foreign Ministry of North Korea issued a statement on July 16 calling up the military exercises a “rehearsal for war.”