North Korea fired several short-range missiles this Saturday according to South Korean statements. Pyongyang fired several short-range missiles from the Hodo Peninsula near the east coast town of Wonsan “in a northeasterly direction between 09:06 am (02:06 am CEST) and 09:27 am,” the South Korean General Staff said. The missiles flew therefore 70 to 200 kilometers and crashed into the sea.
With the first missile test since November 2017, North Korea apparently seeks to increase pressure in the stalled nuclear talks with the United States.
North Korea had not made a missile or nuclear test last year, as ruler Kim Jong Un said in the first summit was held with America’s President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Kim had participated in a summit meeting with Donald Trump in Singapore last year agreed to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Concrete steps were not agreed.
At their second summit in late February in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, Kim and Trump failed to reach agreement on steps towards nuclear disarmament. Since then, there have been several reports of new activities on North Korean testing facilities.
North Korea is being sanctioned internationally for its nuclear and missile programs. “It seems obvious that North Korea is angry at the apparent lack of flexibility in the position of the Trump administration to reduce sanctions,” said Harry J. Kazianis of the Think Tank Center for the National Interest, director of Korean studies in Washington,