North Korea launched two unidentified projectiles on Thursday, in what could be the latest sign that a nuclear disarmament deal with the US might be unattainable unless President Trump offers fresh concessions, reported Reuters.
28-Nov-2019 03:07:57 AM - NORTH KOREA HAS LAUNCHED WHAT APPEARS TO BE A MISSILE -- JAPAN COAST GUARD
28-Nov-2019 03:24:02 AM - APPARENT MISSILE APPEARS NOT TO HAVE LANDED IN JAPAN'S EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE -- JAPAN DEFENCE MINISTRY
28-Nov-2019 03:25:39 AM - JAPAN'S DEFENCE MINISTRY SAYS N.KOREA MISSLE LAUNCHES TO DATE ARE A SERIOUS ISSUE FOR JAPAN, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said both missiles were launched Thursday from North Korea's east coast.
Japan's Defense Ministry said, "what appears to be a ballistic missile" fired by North Korea landed outside of its territorial waters.
The latest missile test comes as nuclear negotiations with the US have likely broken down.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has told President Trump that he has until the end of the year to offer new concessions, such as removing economic sanctions, to salvage nuclear talks.
Trump has said those concessions will only come when North Korea completely abandons its nuclear weapons, a move that would be political suicide for Pyongyang.
The missile test also comes hours after Trump signed the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy into law. This move has infuriated China, as it appears the US is set to intervene in Hong Kong affairs. It should be noted that North Korea and China are highly interconnected politically and economically.
Update (2035ET): As expected, China has responded to President Trump's decision to sign the Hong Kong bill (out of respect for Xi?). China’s foreign ministry says in a statement that America's decision was "a naked hegemonic act" without offering any details on possible retaliation.
The United States signed the so-called "Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy" into law. This move seriously interfered with Hong Kong affairs, seriously interfered with China's internal affairs, and seriously violated international law and basic norms of international relations. It was a naked hegemonic act, and the Chinese government and people firmly opposed it.
Since the return of Hong Kong to the motherland, "one country, two systems" has achieved universally recognized success, and Hong Kong residents enjoy unprecedented democratic rights in accordance with the law. The United States ignored the facts, turned black and white, and blatantly supported the violent criminals who smashed and burned innocent people, trampled against the rule of law, and endangered social order. They are extremely bad in nature and very dangerous. Their fundamental purpose is to undermine Hong Kong ’s prosperity and stability, The great practice of "one country, two systems" undermines the historical process of the Chinese nation's great rejuvenation.
We must tell the US side that Hong Kong is Hong Kong of China, and Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. No foreign government or power has the right to interfere. This so-called bill will only make the Chinese people, including our compatriots in Hong Kong, more aware of the sinister intentions and hegemonic nature of the United States, and it will only make the Chinese people more committed. The US plot is doomed.
The Chinese Government is unwavering in its determination to oppose any external forcesinterfering in Hong Kong affairs, its determination to implement the "one country, two systems" policy, and its determination to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests. We advise the United States not to act arbitrarily, or China will resolutely counteract it, and all consequences arising therefrom must be borne by the United States.