North Korea's Kim Jong-un oversees the new 'long-range artillery' exercise

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has overseen another long-range artillery exercise, state media reported Tuesday, a day after Japan said the country with nuclear weapons had fired what appeared to be ballistic missiles.

It was the second drill in a week and occurs as a prolonged pause in disarmament talks with the United States.

Kim led another long-range artillery firepower attack exercise and greatly appreciated the perfect preparation for fighting the forces, KCNA said.

The North has continued to refine its weapons capabilities, analysts say, more than a year after a summit between Kim and the president of the United States, Donald Trump, broke down in Hanoi.

Pyongyang is under multiple sanctions groups of the United Nations, USA. UU. And others for their weapons programs.

The North appeared to have conducted joint shooting drills involving several types of multiple rocket launchers, the South Korean joint chief of staff said on Monday, expressing strong regret for Pyongyang's actions.

The military leadership in Seoul initially said three projectiles were involved, before changing the description to multiple.

The devices were fired northeastward to the sea from South Hamgyong Province and flew 200 kilometers (124 miles) at a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers, the joint chiefs said.

That was a little shorter but also a little higher than last Monday's launch of what the South military described as two short-range ballistic missiles.

A spokesman for the United States Department of State asked to avoid provocations and comply with the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Pyongyang should return to sustained and substantive negotiations to do its part to achieve complete denuclearization, the spokesperson said.

The state department did not offer details on the latest launches, but a spokesman for the Japanese defense ministry said North Korea appeared to have fired ballistic missiles, which is prohibited from doing according to Security Council resolutions.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament: Repeated launches of items such as ballistic missiles have been a serious problem for the international community, including our country.

At an emergency meeting, South Korean security ministers said North Korea's continuous shooting drills were not useful for efforts for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.

After last week's launch, KCNA also said that Kim had overseen a long-range artillery drill. It carried images of multiple rocket launch systems and several of a larger-caliber rocket that fired in a forest.

Monday's dismissal came days after Kim sent a personal letter to the president of the South, Moon Jae-in, offering comfort for the rapid outbreak of new coronaviruses in the country.

South Korea has one of the largest total infections in the world outside of China with more than 7,400 cases, while Pyongyang insists it has not had one.

That message followed an unprecedented statement by Kim's younger sister, Yo Jong, who rebuked Seoul's truly foolish and perfectly silly conviction of Pyongyang's weapons test last week.

The North conducted a series of weapons tests at the end of last year, the last one in November, which it often described as multiple rocket launch systems, although others called them ballistic missiles.

He also performed static engine tests, most recently in December. Pyongyang set a unilateral deadline in Washington at the end of 2019 to offer new concessions in relief of sanctions, and at a party meeting in late December, Kim said the North is no longer considered bound by its moratoriums in the tests of nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

He also threatened a demonstration of a new strategic weapon soon. The intense tensions in 2017 were followed by two years of nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington, including three meetings between Kim and Trump, but little tangible progress was made.

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