Bilateral negotiations between the United States and North Korea to achieve the goal of complete denuclearization on the Korean peninsula are still deadlocked.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday oversaw the testing of a “large-scale multiple missile launcher,” the North Korean official KCNA news agency said on Sunday. An announcement to which Donald Trump reacted, relativizing all its importance:
“I’m not happy but once again he (the North Korean leader) does not violate the agreement” on these tests “, he has judged since the G7 summit in Biarritz.
At his side in the Basque Country, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a different opinion, saying that this test was a violation of UN resolutions and was “extremely regrettable”.
“The launching of short-range ballistic missiles by North Korea is a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions,” Shinzo Abe said.
- Counter “growing pressure from hostile forces”
After the test, Kim Jong Un said that this “newly developed” system was “a great weapon”, and he expressed “great appreciation” to the scientists who designed and built it, KCNA reported. North Korea must continue to strengthen arms development “to resolutely counter military threats and growing pressure from hostile forces,” Kim Jong Un said.
Photos published by the official daily Rodong Sinmun show a Kim Jong Un with a wide smile standing in front of a large eight-wheeled launcher, and the departure of missiles fired from the long tubes of the machine.
Saturday’s test was the latest in a series of short-range missile tests conducted in August by North Korea to express dissatisfaction with joint military maneuvers conducted by South Korean and US forces. These maneuvers ended a little less than a week ago.
According to Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un observed during the past month at least two other tests of “new” weapons. But the nature and characteristics of these armaments are not known.
- Discussions in deadlock
In Seoul, Saturday’s trialed the South Korean presidency to convene a meeting of the National Security Council, the NSC.
“NSC members have decided to continue diplomatic efforts with the international community to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table with the United States to achieve the goal of complete denuclearization on the Korean peninsula”, said the South Korean government in a statement.
Bilateral talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled since the failure of the second summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February. The two leaders met again in June at the border in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which has separated the two states since the end of the Korean War (1950-53).
The meeting resulted in the decision to restart discussions on the Pyongyang nuclear program, just over a year after the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. However, these discussions have not resumed since.