North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Saturday, South Korea’s military said, just hours after US President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ready to begin nuclear negotiations. The missiles were launched near the northeastern city of Hamhung and flew 400 kilometers (250 miles), reaching a maximum altitude of 48 kilometers (30 miles) before crashing into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The regime has conducted five missile tests in the past two weeks in response to joint US-South Korean military drills, which began on Monday. A North Korean state media report said leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the testing of an unspecified new weapons system, and the country has claimed in the past that the joint military drills compel it to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.” Neither Kim Jong Un (above) nor Donald Trump are pleased with the joint US-South Korean military drills ‘Very beautiful letter’ The launch came a day after US President Donald Trump told reporters that he agreed with North Korea’s opposition to the military drills after receiving a “very beautiful letter” from Kim Jong Un. In a pair of tweets posted on… Read full this story
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