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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised the launch of “a new-form of tactical guided weapon” as a “solemn warning to South Korean military warmongers,” state news wire KCNA mentioned Friday.
Kim “personally organized and guided” the firing of the “state-of-the-art weaponry technique” on Thursday, KCNA mentioned, a reference to the two brief-variety missiles fired into the sea.
It was Pyongyang’s initial missile test because an impromptu June meeting among Kim and US President Donald Trump in the demilitarised zone among North and South Korea.
The North has warned that US-South Korean war games could impact the planned resumption of denuclearisation talks among Washington and Pyongyang.
Kim was “gratified” with the outcome of the test, the state news wire mentioned.
Kim complained that South Korean officials “show such strange double-dealing behaviour” by speaking peace, but then “behind the scene, shipping ultra-contemporary offensive weapons and holding joint military workout routines.”
‘North Korea has been unwilling to engage in functioning-level talks’
The South Korean “chief executive” — presumably a reference to South Korean President Moon Jae-in — “should really not make a error of ignoring the warning from Pyongyang,” KCNA mentioned.
Kim mentioned North Korea should “create nonstop super highly effective weapon systems to get rid of the possible and direct threats” to national safety from South Korea.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Employees mentioned Thursday that the North “fired a single unidentified projectile at five:34 am and the other at five:57 am, from Wonsan places into the East Sea, and they flew about 430 kilometres (267 miles).”
The US later confirmed that the missiles had been “brief variety.”