National North Korea launches 'two short-range missiles'

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Following the test, the United States said it would continue to press on with talks with Pyongyang to scrap North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Following the collapse of the Trump-Kim meeting, North Korea had demanded South Korea to proceed with inter-Korean economic projects held back by USA -led sanctions against the North.

And last month it launched an unidentified tactical weapon - possibly an anti-tank rocket - followed by multiple short-range missiles on Saturday, and yet more projectiles today.

According to the report, Kim stressed the need to further increase the capability of the defense units "to carry out combat tasks and keep full combat posture to cope with any emergency" as required by the prevailing situation.

"Since the USA response was low-key, North Korea appears to think that this level of test would not cause problems and it can continue the tests", said Jina Kim, a research fellow at Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.

Moon's office earlier said the North Korean launches were "very concerning" and detrimental to efforts to improve inter-Korean ties and ease military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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Denying media reports, an official at the South Korean presidential Blue House told reporters that the Blue House has not heard the United States seeing the DPRK projectiles as ballistic missiles.

Moon and Trump are slated to discuss ways to move forward the current phase, said Ko, adding that the two leaders are expected to exchange opinion about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s short-range projectiles launch over the weekend. The ship also delivered heavy machinery back to North Korea.

It is Biegun's first visit to Seoul since the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un collapsed without agreement. It said it's working with the United States to find out more details, such as the type of weapons fired.

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U.S. officials have also suspended efforts this week to retrieve war dead from North Korea - with the exchange of remains being something Trump had claimed has a big win.

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Kim has called for the easing of worldwide economic sanctions created to thwart North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, claiming that his country has already implemented concrete measures toward denuclearization.

The past resolutions targeted mid- to long-range ballistic missiles.

Prior to the two recent launches, the North's last known missile test came in November 2017, when it test-fired the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, which experts believe is capable of striking much, if not all, of the continental United States. I know they want to negotiate, they're talking about negotiating. After the launch was announced, Japan's Ministry of Defense said the apparent missiles did not reach its waters.

North Korea says the test was part of its regular military training.

North Korea wants widespread sanctions relief in return for disarmament steps that the United States has apparently seen as insufficient.

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South Korea's president Moon said the launch is a result of failed negotiations between the US President Donald Trump and Korean President Kim Jong-Un.

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