North Korea has tested multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons in a ‘strike drill’ under the supervision of leader Kim Jong Un.
According to the Korean Central News Agency, the drill was performed to test the operating ability and the accuracy of striking duty performance of ‘large-calibre long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons by defence units’.
Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the Armed Forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), supervised the drill. The ‘short-range projectiles’ were fired into the East Sea.
The tests were condemned by South Korea, which called on DPRK to cease such measures as they have the potential to escalate military tensions in the region.
Following the missile tests by DPRK, Trump tweeted: “I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realises the great economic potential of North Korea, and will do nothing to interfere or end it.
“He also knows that I am with him and does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen.”
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Meanwhile, the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued a statement that called on North Korea to engage in meaningful discussions with the US to achieve ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation’.
The government said: “The UK fully supports the US in its efforts to achieve North Korean denuclearisation and until their nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are dismantled, international sanctions must remain in place and be fully enforced.”