Rex Tillerson still wants North Korea talks after 'provocative act'

Rex Tillerson still wants North Korea talks after 'provocative act'

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday that that the projectiles were fired from an area from the North's eastern coast and flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles).

The best option now is for North Korea to freeze its missile tests, along with the US and South Korea imposing a moratorium on large-scale military exercises.

China seems frustrated with the situation and has hinted that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the USA retaliates, then Beijing would stay neutral.

PACOM's initial statement said the launches occurred near Kittaeryong, North Korea.

The article, from state newspaper Rodong Sinmun, said USA leaders were trying to fool North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons but they would not succeed.

It is notable that now a days joint military drills involving US and South Korean troops are being conducted. Military authorities said they didn't pose a threat to North America or Guam.

By resuming the tests, North Korea defied repeated urgings from the United States and South Korea to stop weapons trials and other provocations to pave the way for dialogue.

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The launches were the North's first rocket tests since two intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, were fired last month.

Saturday's missile test came just after North Korea conducted large-scale military drills on Friday.

"North Korea gains information from every missile launch, whether it succeeds or whether it fails", said Bruce Bennett, senior analyst at the Rand Corp. think tank.

While the launch violates United Nations resolutions, short-range rockets are generally seen as less provocative than tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental US.

Also at the weekend, North Korea said it was canceling the Wonsan Air Show, which was scheduled for September.

On Wednesday, Kim ordered the production of more rocket engines and missile warheads during a visit to a chemical institute of the Academy of Defense Science, an agency that he fostered to develop its ballistic missile program.

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