North Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’: Seoul
NORTH Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on “foolish” calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing South-Korean-US joint military drills. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has described the tests as a “solemn warning” to the South. Pyongyang has routinely expressed anger at the war games, which it considers rehearsals for invasion, but in the past has avoided carrying out tests while the manoeuvres are taking place. The South Korean military said the projectiles were fired from near the city of Tongchon in Kangwon Province into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. The latest test came as the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said it rejected comments by Moon on Thursday outlining his desire for unification, and said it had nothing more to discuss with the South. SEE ALSO: North Korea says new missile a ‘solemn warning’ to South It called Moon — who has long favoured dialogue with the North — an “impudent guy rare to be found”, for hoping for a resumption of inter-Korean talks while continuing its military drills with Washington. In a speech on Thursday marking the anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 rule, Moon outlined a goal of “achieving peace and unification by 2045”, although his single five-year term presidency ends in 2022. “His speech deserves the comments ‘foolish commemorative speech’,” the North said in its statement. “We have nothing to talk any more with the south Korean authorities nor have any idea to sit with them again,” it added. Moon has played down the North’s recent tests, even suggesting potential inter-Korean economic projects as a way to tackle the South’s ongoing trade row with Japan,... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, North Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’: Seoul, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Thursday, 15 August
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