North Korea conducts third missile test in eight days in response to scheduled U.S.
Military officials said the missiles, which use solid fuel and were launched from a truck, were similar to Russia's Iskander and apparently created to evade USA and South Korean defense systems on the divided peninsula. The three countries said global sanctions should remain in place until North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs are dismantled.
FILE - Russian servicemen equip an Iskander tactical missile system at the Army-2015 worldwide military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2015.
Kim guided the firing of the "newly-developed large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system", Friday morning, which "aimed to examine the altitude control flight performance, track control capability and rate of hits of the large-caliber multiple launch guided ordnance rocket", KCNA said.
But the US president, who has met with Kim three times and trumpeted their close ties, would be under pressure if North Korea resumed such tests, experts say.
The official, who asked not to be identified in order to discuss diplomatic matters, said North Korea's actions - including the missile tests - have galvanized global determination to rein in Kim.
Hours later, Pyongyang said it never has, and never will, recognize the Security Council's resolutions.
One State Department official called North Korea's missile launches this week a "huge mistake" and "self-inflicted damage".
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The US and North Korea have yet to restart nuclear negotiations after the two leaders agreed to do so in a historic June 30 meeting at the Korean Demilitarised Zone.
In a separate report by KCNA, an unidentified spokesperson of North Korea's Foreign Ministry slammed the three countries, saying that the regime never has and never will recognize the United Nations resolutions it sees as a "grave provocation" against its government.
"This is Kim's answer to Trump's claim that he's in "no hurry" to negotiate a nuclear deal", she added.
Kim in 2018 declared a self-imposed moratorium on intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear tests, but that promise hasn't been included in any public documents that have come out of Trump and Kim's three meetings.
The two sides expect working-level talks to do just that to happen "in the not too distant future", according to the senior official.
Analysts said the launches appear meant to put pressure on South Korea and the USA to stop planned military exercises later this month and offer other concessions.
When not dealing directly with Trump, North Korean officials have often snubbed or attacked US counterparts. "I regret that it looks like I'm not going to have the opportunity to do that while I'm here in Bangkok, but we're ready to go". The North later fired off four more short-range projectiles in just over a week. They also violate United Nations Security Council resolutions, which require North Korea to stop ballistic missile testing and halt "all activities related to its ballistic missile program".
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