Korean leader Kim guides latest test-firing of rocket launcher

North Korea: Pyongyang Conducts 10th Weapons Test of 2019

North Korea: Pyongyang Conducts 10th Weapons Test of 2019

The Joint Chief of Staff said it received warnings of the twin launches at 6:53 a.m. and 7:12 a.m. One is reported to have flown roughly 330 kilometers - the other, some distance less than that - and they are reported to have reached an altitude of 50 to 60 kilometers.

While maintaining a readiness posture, the JCS criticized the North for raising tensions on the Peninsula, and again urged the North to cease such acts.

Her offer comes after Kim agreed in a June 30 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to reopen working-level talks stalled since their failed February summit in Hanoi.

"We have a willingness to sit with the USA for comprehensive discussion of the issues we have so far taken up, at a time and place to be agreed, late in September", First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement carried by official media.

Although US President Donald Trump has played down previous tests this year, saying he did not believe short-range missiles violated any agreements, now-ousted national security adviser John Bolton had said even short-range launches by North Korea are banned under United Nations resolutions. Experts say, firing missiles over densely populated areas shows that the North is confident in its missiles' accuracy and flying ability.

In August, two projectiles were launched. This suggests that North Korea hasn't wanted to lift its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, which would certainly derail negotiations with Washington.

Indeed, Trump's North Korea envoy, Stephen Biegun, a firm advocate of engagement with Pyongyang, is among the names that have been floated as possible successors to Bolton.

"We'll see what happens, but I always say having meetings is a good thing", he told reporters.

Although Chairman Kim and Trump have enjoyed a friendly relationship, the North Korean government has not been so fond of other USA negotiators, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "We wish that he would stop that".

"Our mission set at the State Department is very clear: to get back to the table" and to deliver a mechanism to achieve "a full, completely denuclearized and verified denuclearized North Korea", Pompeo said.

"We're disappointed that he is continuing to conduct these short-range tests".

What Happened: North Korea test-fired two projectiles into the Sea of Japan early on September 10 local time, Yonhap reported.

"North Korea knows the ROK-US alliance plans to rapidly respond with counterbattery fire; if they can shoot and move a 600 mm MRL-capable TEL quickly, that complicates counterbattery planning and improves launcher lifespans in a conflict", Ankit Panda, an adjunct senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, wrote on Twitter.

"And as South Korea's defense minister said, there are some countries who would be happier if this alliance or relationship falls apart".

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