Pyongyang, August 2 : North Korea confirmed that it successfully test-fired what it called a new type of large-caliber guided ordnance rocket, which will “play a main role in ground military operations” under the personal supervision of leader Kim Jong Un.
But President Trump downplayed the continued testing of potential missiles and large-caliber guided ordnance rocket by North Korea and appreciated Kim Jong Un, calling him a “friend” who has a “great and beautiful vision for his country.”
In morning tweets, Trump acknowledged that the short-range ballistic missile tests violate U.N. sanctions on North Korea but said the testing did not violate the agreement signed by the two leaders last year at their Singapore summit, which focused on nuclear weapons.
“Chairman Kim does not want to disappoint me with a violation of trust, there is far too much for North Korea to gain — the potential as a Country, under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, is unlimited,” Trump wrote.
“Kim Jong Un and North Korea tested 3 short range missiles over the last number of days. These missiles tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands. There may be a United Nations violation, but Chariman Kim has a great and beautiful vision for his country, and only the United States, with me as President, can make that vision come true. He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, was accompanied by Jo Yong Won, Ri Pyong Chol, Yu Jin, Kim Jong Sik and Pak Jong Chon.
“The test-fire scientifically confirmed that the tactical data and technical characteristics of the new-type large-caliber guided ordnance rocket reached the numerical values of its design, and verified the combat effectiveness of the overall system,” KCNA said.
“The officials, scientists and technicians were filled with great pride and excitement for having developed and making the first test-fire of the new-type guided ordnance rocket, which will play a main role in ground military operations, in a short span of time according to the strategic policy of artillery modernization for the building of armed forces set forth at the Seventh Congress of the WPK,” KCNA said.
After hearing of the result of the test-fire, Kim predicted that “it would be an inescapable distress to the forces becoming a fat target of the weapon,” the KCNA said.
Kim also “repeatedly” expressed satisfaction over the result of the test-fire, which proves to be a “wonderful Korean style” multiple launch rocket system that would boost its military’s combat capability.
Meanwhile, there are talks that North Korea return the remains of more U.S. service members missing since the Korean War will be returned to their families.
A senior official at the US Defense Department says it has sent a letter to the North Korean army asking for cooperation in recovering the remains of American soldiers who died in the Korean War in the 1950s.
By : Arti Bali