North Korea Fires Two Missiles Off Its Coast

Trump: Kim says missile testing will stop when U.S.-S.Korea joint drills end

Trump says Kim ready to start negotiations as soon as US-South Korea drills over

The foreign ministry in Pyongyang said Trump's comments effectively recognised the North's "self-defensive rights" as a sovereign state to conduct "small" missile tests.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff on Saturday said the presumed ballistic missiles fired from the North's east coast flew about 400 kilometers (248 miles) before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

North Korea previously tested short-range ballistic missiles earlier in August and in July. -South Korean missile defenses. But he couldn't afford to be seen apologizing in front of his own people since that might be perceived as weakness, so I doubt news of this letter will make it onto North Korea's state news agency coverage.

Trump told reporters that he had received a "beautiful letter" from Kim. -South Korean military drills.

Apparently believing the dictator's explanation, the president went on to say that Kim expressed interest in restarting negotiations over North Korea's nuclear weapons program once these joint exercises are completed. "It was also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end".

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North Korea's state media has yet to confirm the launch, but in a commentary on Saturday it blamed the South for "building up arms against dialogue". The deferral of substantial diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea is highly risky, particularly if the respective leaders continue to provoke one another. Pyongyang test-fired its new KN-23 short-range missiles resembling Russia's Iskander tactical ballistic missiles on May 4 and 9.

Kim Dong-yub, a researcher at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the weapons were likely to be new short-range ballistic missiles that are part of Pyongyang's modernisation of its military capabilities.

"Kim's plodding along faithfully according to plan".

The constitution makes clear that Kim's role as chairman of the new State Affairs Commission makes him the supreme leader.

"Kim appeals to Trump directly about the exercises, trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul", Mr Easley said. (That even applies when you're telling another world leader that you'll have "more flexibility after the election", but the responsibility for making sure your mic is off is on your shoulders.) Still, it would be interesting to know just what Kim had to say. The current US-South Korea military treaty stipulates that in war, an American general will assume command of their combined forces.

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The changes, which were only made public recently on the country's Naenara website, appear linked to an unusual political reality in the North: While Kim Jong Un is the undisputed leader, it is Kim's grandfather, national founder Kim Il Sung, who is enshrined as North Korea's eternal president.

"I like that because it should happen", Trump added.

The current command post exercise is aimed at testing the South's capabilities as it hopes to assume operational control of the military from the US should war break out.

South Korea and the U.S. are about to begin a new round of talks on how to divide the cost of maintaining 28,500 USA troops in South Korea. Actually he is trying to force the South to pay much more for the upkeep of US troops here.

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