North Korea receives US envoy as "two missiles"
17:38 - 09/05/2019
Information / Baghdad ..
North Korea fired two missiles today, for the second time in less than a week, in conjunction with a visit by an American envoy to Seoul.
The launch came after North Korea launched military exercises on Saturday and launched several missiles, at least one of which is believed to be a short-range missile.
The launch comes hours after US special envoy to North Korea, Stephen Bigon, arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening for talks with South Korean officials on the steps of the two allies on Pyongyang.The visit is his first since the Hanoi summit.
The South Korean army's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the north had "fired two short-range rockets, apparently" from the northern province of Pyongan, adding that they crossed 270 kilometers and 420 kilometers. She explained that the South Korean and American armies are conducting joint analyzes.
Earlier, the chief of staff announced that the launch was apparently carried out from Sinu-ri in North Pyongan province, 75 km northwest of Pyongyang.
The US envoy is scheduled to meet South Korean Foreign and Unification Ministers on Friday, while the two security allies will discuss their moves toward Pyongyang.
North Korea is sending a "clear message that it will not accept humanitarian aid," Seoul said in its launch today, according to a senior researcher at the Korean National Unification Institute, Hong Min."It says we want security guarantees in return for the process of nuclear disarmament."
"North Korean leader Kim Jung-un may have felt he needed to show a strong military posture to cool criticism after a joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States last month," he said.
North Korea has not fired any missile since October 2017, following an accelerated diplomatic rapprochement that helped ease tension on the Korean Peninsula and pave the way for a first historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.
But their second summit in Vietnam in February ended with no agreement to put an end to Pyongyang's nuclear program in exchange for a relaxation of sanctions, not even a joint statement.Finished 25 s