North Korea Launches Two Projectiles Into Sea Hours After Agreeing to Resume Talks with U.S.; White House Monitoring Situation

  • South Korea’s military said that North Korea launched two unknown projectiles toward the sea Tuesday, only “hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new U.S. proposals.”
  • The threat of launches and insistence for new proposals “were apparently aimed at pressuring the United States to make concessions when the North Korea-U.S. talks restart.”
  • Many experts believe that North Korea wants “the United States to provide security guarantees and extensive relief from U.S.-led sanctions in return for limited denuclearization steps.”
  • According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Ministry, “the North Korean projectiles fired from its South Phyongan province, which surrounds its capital city of Pyongyang, flew about 330 kilometers (205 miles) across the country and in the direction of the waters off its east coast.”
  • South Korea announced that its military will monitor to see if the North launches any additional projectiles.
  • Additionally, “the JCS said the U.S. and South Korean militaries were analyzing the launches but didn’t immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.”
  • The launches on Tuesday mark North Korea’s eighth round “since late July and the first since Aug. 24.”
  • According to experts, “the previous seven launches have revealed short-range missile and rocket artillery systems that would potentially expand its capabilities to strike targets throughout South Korea, including U.S. military bases.”
  • North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, said on Monday that “North Korea is willing to resume nuclear diplomacy in late September but that Washington must come to the negotiating table with acceptable new proposals.”
  • Choe “said if the proposals don’t satisfy North Korea, dealings between the two countries may end,” and President Trump responded to the announcement with “interesting.”
  • Trump added: “We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, we have our hostages back, we’re getting the remains of our great heroes back and we’ve had no nuclear testing for a long time.”
  • The White House reported “it was aware of the new reports of projectiles being launched from North Korea and was continuing to monitor the situation and consulting with its allies in the region.”

Reference Links

  • AP: North Korea fires 2 projectiles after offering talks with US READ
  • CNA: North Korea follows offer of talks with new projectile launches READ      
  • Israel National News: North Korea fires two projectiles READ
  • Mirror: North Korea launches “two unknown projectiles” after ‘advanced missile’ warning READ

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