North Korea tests more missiles as Seoul prepares to send food aid

South Koreans watch breaking news on television at Seoul Station in Seoul on Thursday

South Koreans watch breaking news on television at Seoul Station in Seoul on Thursday

President Donald Trump said on Friday he does not consider North Korea's recent launch of short-range ballistic missiles "a breach of trust".

Pyongyang had launched a number of short-range projectiles from its east coast five days beforehand, saying it was conducting a "defense units" test of its rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons.

That said, the South Korean media outlet also quoted Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel David Eastburn as describing the weapons as "ballistic missiles" that were flight-tested "to distances in excess of 300 km before impacting in the ocean".

Happier times: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un meets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang previous year.

Thursday's missiles were fired from Kusong, northwest of the capital Pyongyang.

At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, the United States also took aim at North Korea's rights record, calling on it to dismantle camps it said held tens of thousands of political prisoners.

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"North Korea seemed to be discontented it could not reach a deal in Hanoi", he told South Korean broadcaster KBS, while adding that he saw the tests as a sign that North Korea wanted to negotiate and that he planned to push for a fourth inter-Korean summit with Kim. Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on March 6 in another challenge to President Donald Trump, with three landing provocatively close to America's ally Japan.

North Korean state media on Sunday showed leader Kim Jong Un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers.

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This was Pyongyang's second launch in less than a week.

An FAO and WFP assessment team visited Unpa County, North Hwanghae Province, in North Korea in April. "Regarding the issue, we have a common understanding with the USA", the Foreign Ministry's deputy spokesperson Kim Deuk-hwan said during a press briefing Thursday.

North Korea and the United States are now deadlocked in diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear arsenal.

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"The debris generated by the launch in North Korea is a virtual match of a launch of Iskander conducted by Russian Federation", it said.

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"It may create a mood for reopening dialogue but the chance that North Korea will immediately come back or change its stance on the U.S. is very slim", said Koh Yu-hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University.

This was the first missile test since it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.

"Kim Jong Un has given the United States until the end of the year to rethink its approach", he said.

Experts have estimated the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal at anywhere between 20 and 60 warheads.

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Following the collapse of his second summit with Trump in February, Kim said he is open to a third meeting, but set the end of the year as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement.

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