Trump orders more Iran sanctions as Saudi Arabia displays attack evidence    UK parliament suspension not a matter for judges, PM Johnson's lawyer tells Supreme Court    Fire in Liberia school kills at least 27 children    Neuer considering Germany retirement after Euro 2020    Spain braces for its fourth election in four years    Danone Nations, DECATHLON launch series of initiatives, creating change    Fed expected to cut rates again, second time in a decade    Live score: Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid (UEFA Champions League)    Russia, China conduct massive military drills, sending a message to the West    Huawei will invest $1.5 billion in its developer program    I deserve more Ballon d'Or awards than Messi, says Ronaldo    World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions    Mint, menthol e-cigarette liquids high in cancer-causing compound    Perils of gender and geography hamper global development    Saudi markets rise as oil supply disruption eases    Gold climbs as investors await Fed policy decision    Saudi Arabia says full production restored within the month    'Egypt will not allow any country to impose its will on another in Ethiopian dam issue,' FM says    Egypt's new listing amendments mandate more women on boards    Egypt, Ethiopia at odds as talks over Blue Nile dam resume    5 plant-based soup recipes to warm your body and soul    Egypt's Ahly to train for Super Cup game against Zamalek immediately    US waiting and watching on oil reserve, market well supplied: Perry    FTSE 100 steadies after Saudi attacks; Sirius Minerals plummets    Egypt says GERD talks with Ethiopia 'stumbled', next round in Khartoum in October    Tutankhamun Opera to debut with inauguration of Grand Egyptian Museum: Zahi Hawass    Egyptian transport start-up Swvl plans IPO in 5-10 years    Egypt court sentence 6 to death for joining terrorist group, manufacturing explosives; 8 acquitted    'Al-Daheeh' host Ahmed El-Ghandour shortlisted for IBC's first 'Young Pioneer' award    Egypt's Zamalek suffer surprise 2-1 defeat at Senegal's Generation Foot    Egypt's Sisi discusses education, terrorism at national youth conference    Sisi to open 8th edition of the National Youth Conference Saturday    Spotify buys music production marketplace SoundBetter    Egypt's PM discusses details of Al-Hussein Mosque renovation    Egypt's Baron Empain Palace to be reopen after renovation    Court sentences six to death, 41 to lifetime imprisonment violence related case    Trump says he would release Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections    NBE announces EGP 2.5m prizes for handball youth teams for their world achievements    ACWA Power compares 3 bids to supply production units for Luxor power station    What do you know about gold alloying?    Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance    Cairo's historic Tahrir square to be renovated – PM    Al-Sisi honours Egypt's scholars on Science Day    IS claims responsibility for suicide bombing killing 63 in Afghan wedding    Political parties gear up for parliamentary, senate, local elections    Unprecedented Glory: Egypt win Men's U-19 World Handball Championship    12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene    Ministry of Environment has a plan for "black clouds season"    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Kim expresses 'great satisfaction' over North Korea weapons tests
Published in Ahram Online on 17 - 08 - 2019

North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises.
Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency said that following Friday's launches, Kim expressed ``great satisfaction'' over his military's "mysterious and amazing success rates'' in recent testing activity and vowed to build up "invincible military capabilities no one dare provoke.'' The report did not mention any specific comment on the United States or South Korea.
The launches were North Korea's sixth round of tests since late July that revealed developments of a new rocket artillery system and two separate short-range mobile ballistic missile systems that experts say would expand its ability to strike targets throughout South Korea, including U.S. bases there.
KCNA did not describe what Friday's weapons were or how they performed, but it said that the tests were successful and strengthened the military's confidence in the reliability of the system.
Pyongyang's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos that showed what appeared to be a missile soaring from a launcher installed on a vehicle and striking what appeared to be a coastal target. Kim is seen jubilantly raising his fist while celebrating with military officials.
"(Kim) said everyone should remember that it is the (ruling) party's core plan and unwavering determination to build a powerful force strong enough to discourage any forces from daring to provoke us and to leave any opponent defenseless against our Juche weapons of absolute power even in situations of physical clashes,'' the agency said, referring to the North's national ideology of self-reliance.
South Korea's military said earlier that two projectiles launched from the North's eastern coast flew about 230 kilometers (143 miles) before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The U.S. and South Korean militaries were analyzing the launches but didn't immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.

Experts say President Donald Trump's repeated downplaying of the North's launches allowed the country more room to intensify its testing activity and advance its short-range weaponry while it seeks to build leverage ahead of nuclear negotiations with Washington, which could resume after the end of ongoing allied military drills later this month.
The U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will visit Japan and South Korea early next week for talks on how to "further strengthen coordination on the final, fully verified denuclearization'' of North Korea, the U.S. State Department said.
North Korea has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as trying to force Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf.
Hours before the latest launches, an unidentified North Korean government spokesperson used unusually blunt language to criticize South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul.
Moon, in a televised speech on Thursday, said a momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of ``worrying actions taken by North Korea recently'' and called for Pyongyang to choose ``economic prosperity over its nuclear program.''
The spokesperson also criticized South Korea's recent acquisition of advanced U.S.-made fighter jets and said it would be ``senseless'' for Moon to believe that inter-Korean dialogue will automatically begin after the end of the ongoing U.S.-South Korean drills.
The North had recently said it would talk only with Washington and not Seoul, and that inter-Korean dialogue won't resume unless the South offers a "plausible excuse'' on why it keeps hosting military drills with the United States. Seoul's Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, criticized the North Korean statement, saying it wouldn't help efforts to improve relations.


Clic here to read the story from its source.