Friday's launch was the North's sixth test in recent weeks Photo: KCNA VIA KNS/AFP
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N Korea's Kim supervised 'new weapon' test again: KCNA

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un once again supervised a "new weapon" launch, state media said Saturday, complicating efforts at denuclearization ahead of next week's visit to Seoul by the U.S. envoy to Pyongyang.

Friday's launch was the North's sixth test in recent weeks as it protests the annual U.S.-South Korea military exercises which Pyongyang considers rehearsals for invasion.

Defense officials in Seoul said Pyongyang fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles Friday, that flew some 230 kilometers before splashing down in the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

A report by the official Korean Central News Agency said the tests had a "perfect result", which helped "cement bigger confidence in this weapon system".

"Juche shells were fired in the presence of the Supreme Leader," KCNA said.

Pyongyang has routinely expressed anger at the war games, but in the past has avoided carrying out tests while the maneuvers are taking place.

The KCNA report came after Pyongyang called South Korean President Moon Jae-in "impudent" for hoping to resume inter-Korean talks while continuing military drills with Washington.

Plans to resume working-level talks between the North and Washington appear to have stalled since an impromptu June meeting between leaders of the two countries.

But U.S. President Donald Trump, who has been playing down Pyongyang's tests, said last week that he had received a "very beautiful letter" from Kim.

He also agreed with Kim's opposition to the war games -- albeit for financial rather than military reasons.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, will travel to Japan and South Korea next week for talks on denuclearizing the North, the U.S. State Department said Friday.

The North has said nuclear talks would be "strictly" between Pyongyang and Washington, refusing to hold separate dialogue with the South.

"We have nothing to talk any more with the South Korean authorities nor have any intention to sit with them again," the North said Friday.

Washington, Seoul's security ally, stations nearly 30,000 troops in the South to defend it from its neighbor.

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Didn't Donny tell us he had Kim under control? Was Donny lying or just incompetent?

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These days it seems like NK is testing anything they want with impunity. All part of Trump's plan, I suppose.

I just hope he works out a deal before NK advances on too many fronts.

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Donny: Doing what previous presidents have done (sanctions) with the added bonus to Kim of photo ops, cancelled Treasury sanctions, and cancelled/reduced war games.

Sweet negotiating skills, Donny. No wonder why you've lost so much money as a "businessperson."

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That bloke on the left who isn't clapping is now in a labour camp.

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Donny & Kim, sounds more like a Bluegrass band.

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Lest one forget that NK has a much larger industrial capacity than SK in more ways than one. The majority of the heavy industry during Japanese occupation was in NK where the energy source "coal" was abundant and still is. Even China and SK "buys" coal from NK.

So they do have the financial source. Just that they do not spend too much for their population. That is based on their need to "defend" at 3 fronts, China, Russia and SK after tWWII and the Korean War.

And as all nations, they must test their armaments including missiles regularly.

It may appear as if offending the US and the expected "denuke" by the rest of the world, but they must show that they still can defend themselves and continue to become better.

In that sense, such testing can occur regardless.

Even Japan does missile tests regularly. Just that Japan does not possess such missiles that are weaponzed. Instead Japan has the capability with rockets that can place satellites into orbit. That can if the need comes, easily converted. The only thing is Japan cannot possess nuclear warheads.

Interestingly Japan could if wanted or needed, it has all high-tech machinery and equipment being used. That is why the problem with SK began. Japan's tech which could be used for nukes was being sold to NK.

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These days it seems like NK is testing anything they want with impunity

Nothing flying over Japan since Nov. 2017.

Too bad previous administrations didn't take take of this problem. This administration is taking care of it, will probably go into Trump's 2nd term.

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More missiles flying over Japan in Trump's short term than anyone else's.

previous administrations

The Trump fan's white flag of surrender.

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Just that Japan does not possess such missiles that are weaponized. Instead Japan has the capability with rockets that can place satellites into orbit. That can if the need comes, easily converted. The only thing is Japan cannot possess nuclear warheads.

Interestingly Japan could if wanted or needed, it has all high-tech machinery and equipment being used. 

True Japan has the capability to build such missiles, but such weapons are viewed as offensive and its Article 9 restricts it from developing them. Japan has the capability of building attack aircraft and bombers, but then there's that pesky Article 9 restriction.

North Korea has no such constitutional restrictions.

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The Trump fan's white flag of surrender.

Nobody's surrendering, SuperLib.

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Now we know why Tillertson, McMaster, Cohn, Kelly and Mattis all called Donnie an idiot, a moron, and with the understanding of a fifth grader...

Everyone with an ounce of sense knows nK's gamebook - they have used the same one for 50 years; throw a two year old tantrum, get the other side to negotiate, lie, then throw another tantrum when the lie is found out...start cycle over again....

The Great Orange Demented Dimwit hasn't the intelligence or experience to figure this out - and he certainly doesn't listen to any experts.

So now he looks like a fool - saying he is "in love" with Otto Warmbier's killer and that he's "not concerned" when Kim fires off even more missiles and is building more nukes.

Kim acts like a two year old - Donnie is one....

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