A shot across the bow: that's what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling this week's missile tests.
Official state media on Wednesday (August 7) released images of Kim watching the launches.
It quoted the Supreme Leader calling the tests a warning to the U.S. and South Korea.
That warning is aimed south of the heavily-armed border where the two allies are holding annual military drills.
This year, the drills are mostly computer simulated - not the usual large-scale exercises of the past.
Those have been suspended as part of negotiations with the North.
But Pyongyang doesn't seem appeased, warning the drills could derail nuclear talks.
Tuesday's short-range tests were the fourth in less than two weeks.
State media called it a new type of tactical guided missile.
Both Washington and Seoul have played down the tests U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday went on Fox News to remind everyone that Kim has promised President Donald Trump he would NOT launch longer-range missiles - the kind that could threaten the United States.
But he also said Trump was watching the situation closely, a statement underlined by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper after a meeting with Japan's prime minister on Wednesday (August 7).
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, MARK ESPER, SAYING "North Korea also remains a great concern, and we deeply appreciate Japan's assistance in enforcing United Nations' security council resolution." The U.S. wants North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons program.
But negotiations are currently on hold.
North Korea's foreign ministry on Tuesday (August 6) said it would give the U.S. until the end of the year to soften its policies of sanctions and political pressure.
Analysts and security officials say they are watching for signs that North Korea may use an upcoming holiday to unveil new weapons or test fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile, after a flurry of activity was detected at a naval base. Emer McCarthy reports.
Kim Jong-un has praised North Korea’s military for rebuilding a typhoon-hit village “as a socialist fairyland”.
The Supreme Leader was visiting an area in the south of the country, which has recently been struck by three typhoons.
After vanishing from public view and ongoing speculation about his health, Kim has made a series of appearances while leading the recovery efforts.
The communist country mobilised 12,000 workers from the capital Pyongyang to help the damaged regions. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
K-pop band BTS delivered a speech in support of young people to mark South Korea’s first National Youth Day.
All seven members attended a ceremony at the presidential palace in Seoul, as representatives of young people living in South Korea.
BTS became the first Korean pop act to top the Billboard Hot 100 Chart earlier this month, with their first all-English song ‘Dynamite’. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday contradicted President Donald Trump's earlier claim as to the cause of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. CNN reports Esper said 'most believe' that the explosion 'was an accident, as reported.' On Tuesday evening, Trump called it 'a terrible attack.' It's known that about 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored at a port warehouse for the past six years.
The U.S. military unveiled details of its plans on Wednesday to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany following a decision by President Donald Trump. The U.S. said it plans to keep nearly half of them in Europe to address poterntial tensions with Russia. Adam Reed reports.
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North Korea has mobilised thousands of workers from its capital Pyongyang to help the nation’s countryside regions recently struck by a powerful typhoon.
After surveying the damage, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrote an open letter to members of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, urging them to volunteer in the recovery effort.
About 12,000 people answered his call, attending a ceremony outside the Kumsusan Palace in the capital, where the bodies of past leaders Kim Il Sung and Kimg Jong Il are kept.
The communist country is reeling from three typhoons and a storm in just a month, on top of a self-imposed international lockdown against Covid-19. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited areas struck by a typhoon and called for 12,000 workers from the capital Pyongyang to join in the recovery efforts.
North Korean state-run TV showed footage of Kim and other officials surveying the damage in a rural and coastal area in South Hamgyong province.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim said that "the conditions of the overall coastline of our country are poor and sea dikes were not properly built.”
State media did not report any injuries or deaths, but the country’s main newspaper said that local officials will be “gravely punished” for failing to evacuate residents. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
In an interview on CBS "This Morning", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the U.S. hasn't 'gotten back to the table as quickly as they hoped' with North Korea on denuclearization..