North Korea fired two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea Tuesday.
It clearly said it was against the U.S. and South Korea for continuing military exercises amid stalled nuclear diplomacy. The regime said in a statement that the drills, which North Korea sees as an invasion rehearsal, leave the country “compelled to develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.” The U.S. and North Korea are in deadlock over nuclear talks. A statement said Pyongyang remains committed to dialogue. “We remain unchanged in our stand to resolve the issues through dialogue. But the dynamics of dialogue will be more invisible as long as the hostile military moves continue.” While any ballistic missile test may be seen as a violation of United Nations resolutions, short range systems do not violate the assurances North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly gave U.S. President Donald Trump.
President Trump somewhat downplayed the threat from the North over the missile tests. They cannot reach U.S. territories. Military experts claim the new North Korean weapons considerably improve the regime’s military capabilities to strike targets across South Korea. The US allows citizens of 38 countries - including South Korea, Japan and France - to enter for up to 90 days without a visa under a waiver programme. But the US has revoked visa-free entry rights for foreigners who have visited North Korea in the past eight years.