Kim Jong Un supervised weapons tests after Trump hails letter

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Pyongyang, Aug 11: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised Saturday’s launch of a new weapons system, hours after President Donald Trump said Kim had written him a letter with a “small apology” for the recent missile tests.

The Supreme Leader said that the new weapon which was developed to suit the terrain condition of our country and as required by the Juche-oriented war methods has advantageous tactical character different to the existing weapon systems, and explained the strategic and tactical attempt of the Party Central Committee which indicated the task to develop the weapon system to the field of national defence science, KCNA said.

South Korean media said Saturday that North Korea fired two more unidentified projectiles into East Sea.


“In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over. It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises,” Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.

“I say it again,” Trump told reporters, “There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-ranged — no ballistic missile test. No long-range missiles.”
Trump also claimed on Saturday that Kim’s letter was a “small apology” for the short-range missile testing.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry released a statement on Sunday slammed  South Korea for military drills with the United States, and said that its future dialogue will be held strictly between Pyongyang and Washington and not between the Koreas.


Kim said that the new weapon which was developed to suit the terrain condition of our country and as required by the Juche-oriented war methods has advantageous tactical character different to the existing weapon systems, and explained the strategic and tactical attempt of the Party Central Committee which indicated the task to develop the weapon system to the field of national defence science, KCNA stated.

After seeing the test-fire result of the new weapon transmitted to the display at the observation post, the Supreme Leader expressed great satisfaction, being very pleased that another new weapon intended by the Party came into being.

He appreciated that the heroic and patriotic feats of the scientists and said they are steadily consolidating the defence capability of the country, true to the Party’s strategy for developing the defence industry, with boundless loyalty to the Party and the revolution and the noblest patriotism.

This was North Korea’s fifth weapons test and South Korea believes that Trump is downplaying the Pyongyang’s tests . While Trump said, “I say it again, There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-ranged — no ballistic missile test. No long-range missiles.”
Trump also claimed on Saturday that Kim’s letter was a “small apology” for the short-range missile testing.

By Arti Bali

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