North Korea launches ‘short-range projectiles’

U.S. President Donald Trump voiced confidence on Saturday that Kim Jong-un would not “break his promise”, following what if confirmed would be North Korea’s first short-range missile launch for more than a year.

“I believe that Kim Jong-un fully realises the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it,” he said. “He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!”

Since their historic summit meeting in Singapore in 2018, Mr. Trump has said Mr. Kim remains committed to the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula.

North Korea “fired a number of short-range projectiles” from Hodo peninsula near the east coast town of Wonsan starting at 9.06 a.m., the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The projectiles travelled northeast from 70 to 200 km towards the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, the JCS added.

The last North Korean missile launch was in November 2017.

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