NORTH Korea welcomed a US envoy’s visit to Seoul by firing two missiles on Thursday, the South’s military said, in Pyongyang’s second launch in less than a week as it seeks to up the ante in deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. It came after North Korea carried out a military drill and fired multiple projectiles on Saturday, when at least one was believed to be a short-range missile.
The North had not previously fired a missile since November 2017, shortly before a rapid diplomatic thaw eased high tensions on the peninsula and paved the way for a historic first meeting between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. But their second summit in Vietnam in February broke up without an agreement rolling back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
US tests missile on same day as N Korea
THE US Air Force has tested a missile on the same day that North Korea is suspected of having launched two short-range missiles. “The Air Force says it launched a Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It says the launch was part of regularly scheduled tests of ICBMs to ensure they are ready for potential combat.