U.S. to continue diplomatic engagement with DPRK, says State Department

U.S. to continue diplomatic engagement with DPRK, says State Department

Reacting to the launch, President Trump stated that the tests did not bother him, as they only involved short-range missiles.

The impact of natural and political crises will compound pressure on Kim Jong-un's regime to move forward with denuclearisation talks with the USA and growing frustration about the worsening economy could help fuel an escalation of tensions in the absence of any progress. A meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, was held in February 2019.

Up to now, Trump has defended his ongoing negotiations with the North Korean leader, claiming they've been a success since the country has not engaged in serious missile testing.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 26, 2019.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was not upset by North Korea's launching of short-range ballistic missiles earlier this week.

South Korea's military said that the flight data of the weapon launched on Thursday showed similarities to the Russian-made Iskander, a short-range, nuclear-capable missile.

The missile launches also took place a day after US National Security Advisor John Bolton visited South Korea on Wednesday to discuss strategic affairs. "You know, lots of countries posture before they come to the table", he told Fox News in reference to the North Korean tests.

"I think we're still going to go sit down and have a conversation about this", Pompeo said.

That range would allow them to hit any target in South Korea.

Yet while North Korea was particularly harsh toward South Korea in its statement carried by the state media, it also stayed clear of the attacks on the USA, signaling that the regime still seeks to have a dialogue.

But the South Korean military believes they may be new, because they traveled further. "No rush, but I am sure we will ultimately get there!"

"The North Koreans have made several statements challenging Moon to move forward, but obviously the situation has left Seoul unable to do so", she said. Instead, the North has continued escalating provocations and threats, in what analysts say is an attempt to improve its negotiating position. It be also a scheme of probably trying to separate the positions of Washington and Seoul. "South Korean drills and establish a pretext to later blame Washington if Pyongyang decides to eventually walk away from diplomacy".

North Korea has prolonged regarded the drills as preparation for an invasion.

The North Korean people, however, could lose out with this strategy.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a briefing that Beijing had noted the launch, calling for North Korea and the United States to reopen negotiations "as early as possible". At their first meeting, both men agreed to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The decision to reject the aid may derive from the country's desire to project strength and independence ahead of the next talks.

Trump, who has invested heavily in a relationship with Kim, widely seen as one of the world's most repressive dictators, was unconcerned.

In an interview with the US cable network Fox News, Trump was optimistic, saying he still gets along "very well" with Kim.

North Korean media do not capitalize the name of South Korea because the Kim regime does not recognize its sovereignty, instead viewing South Korea as its rogue province.

Still, Trump appears to be willing to tolerate North Korea's provocations in the hope that working-level talks can get the two sides closer to a denuclearization deal.

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