July 25, 2019

North Korea says missile test was 'solemn warning to South Korean warmongers’

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Simon Denyer

North Korea said Friday that its test of a “new type of tactical guided weapon,” overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, was a demonstration of its power and a "solemn warning to South Korean military warmongers” — a declaration that underlines how relations between the two Koreas are deteriorating as tensions rise.

The test of short-range ballistic missiles is a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, but President Trump played down its significance.

“They really haven’t tested missiles other than, you know, smaller ones, which is something that lots test,” he told Sean Hannity on Fox News.

The Korean Central News Agency said the launch was a response to joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, as well as South Korea’s introduction of “ultramodern offensive weapons.” It said Kim had vowed to continue to develop and test North Korea’s weapons systems in direct response.

Read the full article and more in The Washington Post.

Authors

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear ...