A view of North Korea's missile launch on Thursday, in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 26, 2019. KCNA/via REUTERS

New missile launch was ‘warning’ to South Korea: North Korea

North Korea on Friday said that Thursday’s new ballistic missiles testing was carried out in the response to South Korea’s act of importing weapons and conducting a joint military drill with US as a warning to South Korea “warmonger”. The message is also aimed at the Washington, analysts said.

North Korean leader Kim Jung un who on Thursday inspected and watched the testing of the two short range missiles which were believed to new type of missiles, one of which in similar to the May’s missiles on Thursday, said that they had no way except for producing powerful weapons to protect from potential security threats to the nation.

“We cannot but develop nonstop super-powerful weapon systems to remove the potential and direct threats to the security of our country that exist in the South,” Kim said, according to KCNA.

However, the KCNA reports did not name Trump or the US, but South Korea was reported to have been criticized by Kim in the report, for importing weapons and conducting the joint military drill.

A joint review with the United States showed that both missiles flew some 600 km (373 miles), further than similar previous missile tests.

The meeting of two world’s leaders at the DMZ in June was somehow taken as a silver lining to the stalled denuclearization talk, which stalled after the collapse of a second summit between the duo in Hanoi in February.

However, the latest missile launch of Thursday has cast doubt on the revival of denuclearization talks between Kim and Trump.

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