Trump says North Korea's recent missile launches not breach of trust

People walks past a television showing a news report on North Korea's latest missile test of a Pukguksong-2 at a railway station in Seoul

Ratcheting up tensions between the countries even further, the USA revealed Thursday that it had seized a huge North Korean cargo ship off the coast of Indonesia.

Mr Kim declared an end to the testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles during rapid rapprochement previous year.

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"The genuine peace and security of the country are guaranteed only by the strong physical force capable of defending its sovereignty", it cited him as saying.

North Korea has fired two suspected short-range missiles from the west of the country, according to reports.

Kusong is also home to missile test facilities that were critical to the development of North Korea's solid-fuel Pukguksong-2, which was successfully flight-tested for the first time in February 2017, in the North's first missile test after President Donald Trump took office. "But at this point no", he said in an interview with Politico.

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"The Trump administration keeps downplaying these missiles because they are not ICBMs, but even though they can't reach the US mainland, it's missiles like these that will start the war", said Melissa Hanham, a weapons expert at Datayo, which tracks global security threats. "But I don't think they're ready to negotiate", Trump told reporters.

"They were smaller missiles, they were short-range missiles", he said. "Nobody's happy about it, but we're taking a good look and we'll see, we'll see".

"North Korea seemed to be discontented it could not reach a deal in Hanoi", he told South Korean broadcaster KBS, while adding that he saw the tests as a sign that North Korea wanted to negotiate and that he planned to push for a fourth inter-Korean summit with Kim.

The launch, from an east coast area, was its first test of a ballistic missile since launching an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.

South Korea's Moon said that even if the missiles fired on Thursday were short range, they could still violate United Nations resolutions barring North Korea from developing its ballistic missile force.

On Saturday, North Korea launched a volley of short-range projectiles from the east coast city of Wonsan just days after the US tested another Minuteman III on a similar trajectory.

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Photos released by state media on Friday showed Thursday's test involved the same weapon.

But they do suggest Kim is expanding the battle readiness of his missile forces and that could have a major impact on the safety of and United States forces and their allies in the region.

The latest missile test was described as "short-range" by the South Korean military, which observed two projectiles fired out about 261 and 187 miles from western North Korea toward the Sea of Japan, known to both Seoul and Pyongyang as the East Sea.

China, the North's main diplomatic backer, said it had no firm information on the tests.

A senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday that issues on the Korean peninsula should be resolved through dialogue and all parties should uphold the goal of its denuclearisation.

By firing weapons that directly threaten the South but not the United States mainland or its Pacific territories, the North also appears to be testing how far Washington would tolerate its actions without actually causing the negotiations to collapse, said Du Hyeogn Cha, a visiting scholar at Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

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