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North Korea fired ballistic missiles but the hope for new negotiations exists

North Korea fired ballistic missiles again , towards the Sea of Japan. Three of them fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after flying some 1,000km (620 miles).

According to the South Korean military, the North launched the unspecified projectiles Saturday morning.The US military said later it had detected and tracked a launch but had determined that it did not pose a threat to North America. The State Department condemned „missile launches which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology.” North Korea has repeatedly said its space programme is peaceful but it is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the US. There is no doubt the actual launch was a message, although it's not clear who it was addressed to.

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Kim and Trump in Hanoi

Mr. Trump tweeted Saturday about Kim but didn't mention North Korea's latest action. In fact, Trump is trying to reassure Kim that he is still willing and able to find a diplomatic solution to the dispute over denuclearization. Despite decades of tensions with North Korea, Trump was the only U.S. president to have a sit-down with a leader of the North. At the same time, South Korea urged North Korea to stop committing acts that would raise military tensions. There is no reason that America, South Korea, China and the United Nations cannot sign a formal peace declaration.

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