North Korea Accuses US, South Korea of Violating 2018 Declarations

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'The demonstration fire clearly verified the reliability, security and actual war capacity of the new-type tactical guided weapon system, ' state news agency KCNA reported Wednesday.

"Despite our repeated warnings, the United States and South Korean authorities have finally started the joint military exercise targeting the DPRK", the foreign ministry spokesman for the nuclear-armed North said, according to the state news agency, KCNA.

The JCS said the projectiles showed similar flight characteristics to short-range missiles North Korea fired on July 25, which traveled about 600 kilometers (373 miles) during launches the North described a "solemn warning" to South Korea over its plans to continue military drills with the United States.

The latest launch on Tuesday also comes as a United Nations report said on Monday that Pyongyang has "continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programmes" and used cyberattacks to take in $2 billion to fund the development.

The recent wave of missile tests comes against a backdrop of stalled nuclear disarmament talks with the U.S. and joint military exercises between the U.S. military and South Korean forces.

The North Korean statement, in addition to accusing the Seoul and Washington of having violated agreements, cited a long list of grievances, including the delivery of F-35A stealth fighters to South Korea and the recent US decision to approve the sale of RQ-4 uncrewed reconnaissance aircraft to Seoul. Pyongyang warned last week that further nuclear talks could be derailed if Seoul and Washington were to push ahead with the exercises.

The United States and South Korea kicked off their largely computer-simulated Dong Maeng - or "alliance" - exercises this week as an alternative to previous large-scale annual drills that were halted to expedite denuclearisation talks.

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The negative growth is the lowest in South Korea's record, since 1997, when the North Korean economy contracted by 6.5 percent as a catastrophic starvation hit the country, killing millions, according to the United Nations.

Following that test, in which images of the multiple launch rocket system were censored, Kim said the weapon was "very great and it would be an inescapable distress to the forces becoming a fat target of the weapon".

Trump added the missile launches did not violate any promises Kim had made to him.

People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. The projectiles fired on Tuesday are said to be the same as the ones tested on July 25th.

Despite a recent lack of progress in nuclear diplomacy, both Trump and Kim have said they have maintained good relations with each other. But visitors who have travelled to eight countries including North Korea since March 1, 2011 are "no longer eligible", details posted Monday on the US Customs and Border Protection website showed, and they will have to apply for tourist or business visas.

After its offer to give up certain nuclear facilities was rebuffed at the summit by Trump, who demanded full denuclearization, Pyongyang publicly said it would only return to negotiations once Washington presented "a new calculus".

Bonton's words seem to imply that: "They appear to be ballistic missiles".

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