North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered his communist regime to further their ongoing rocket tests Friday; telling his military to increase the available “firepower” as nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration have largely stalled in recent months.
“The leader of North Korea ordered its military to boost its strike capability as he directed another missile firing, state media said on Friday, as tensions grew over tests that appeared to show development of a new advanced missile system,” reports Reuters.
“(Kim) stressed the need to further increase the capability of the defense units in the forefront area and on the western front to carry out combat tasks and keep full combat posture to cope with any emergency,” the KCNA news agency reported.
The new tests come as the United States recently ‘seized’ a North Korean cargo ship for violating UN sanctions and illegally transporting coal and other fuel to the Hermit Kingdom.
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DEVELOPING: Kim Jong Un Launches New Missiles, Second Test This Week
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tested another round of short-range missiles Thursday; openly defying the Trump administration and South Korea as talks to denuclearize the Korean peninsula have reportedly stalled in recent months.
“The South Korean joint chiefs of staff announced the launch in a statement, saying the missiles were fired from the northwest city of Kusong and traveled roughly 260 miles to the east. American negotiators are currently in South Korea for discussions on how to break the impasse following two high-level summits between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that failed to secure any lasting changes,” reports US News.
The test comes just days after North Korea fired multiple missiles into the sea, with officials claiming the tests were part of a “regular” and “routine” military exercise.
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DOOMSDAY DELAYED: Trump Says Kim 'Very Wise' to Back Down
Earlier this week, North Korean officials revealed that Kim Jong Un had decided to abandon his plan to launch four, long-range ballistic missiles towards the waters near Guam. The President harshly warned that any action against US soil would be met with “fire and fury” and that the military was “locked and loaded.”
“If he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast,” said President Trump.
Though North Korea said it would not attack the island, it warned that Kim could change his mind at any moment.
“If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared,” said the statement.