North Korea Fires Short-Range Missile: Yonhap

North Korea launched an unidentified short-range missile in the direction of the East Sea on Saturday, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that the North "fired a missile from its east coast town of Wonsan in the eastern direction at 9:06 a.m. today." 

The incident marks the first missile launch since November 28, 2017 when it launched an ICBM which traveled 600 miles in 50 minutes until crashing into the Sea of Japan. 

South Korean and US authorities "are analyzing details of the missile," added the JCS. 

Last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gave the United States "till the end of this year" before he walks away from negotiations over his country's missile program, suggesting that the Trump administration needs to be more flexible. 

In February, talks between Kim and US President Trump abruptly broke down after it was reported that Trump handed Kim a piece of paper demanding Pyongyang give the United States its existing nuclear weapons and enriched uranium, according to Reuterswhich described the document as representing US National Security Adviser John "Bolton's long-held hardline "Libya model" of denuclearization. A lunch between the two leaders was canceled that day. 

On the flipside, North Korea reportedly asked that the United States remove the strategic nuclear umbrella and the dismantling of the Indian Pacific Command, according to South Korea's DongA

In Mid-February speech to the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim argued "It is essential for the U.S. to quit its current calculation method and approach us with a new one," adding that the United States came "to the talks only racking its brain to find ways that are absolutely impracticable," and did "not really ready itself to sit with us face-to-face and settle the problem," Kim added - nothing that his personal relationship with Trump is still good. 

"If it (the United States) keeps thinking that way, it will never be able to move the DPRK even a knuckle, nor gain any interests no matter how many times it may sit for talks with the DPRK," added the North Korean leader. 

Kim said that the outcome in Hanoi caused him to question what he agreed to last year during the first summit with Trump, and "aroused a strong question if we were right in taking the steps with strategic decision and bold resolution, and evoked vigilance as to the U.S.’ true willingness to improve its relations with the DPRK." 

We will wait for a bold decision from the U.S. with patience till the end of this year but I think it will definitely be difficult to get such a good opportunity as the previous summit. -Kim Jong Un

Trump responded to Kim's outburst, tweeting "A third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand," adding "I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!" Trump added. 

We'll see if this latest missile test changes anything... 

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