North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un observed the test-launch of a super-large multiple rocket launcher, the latest in a series of weapons tests performed amid stalled diplomacy over the North's nuclear program.
North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea – hours after offering to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States.
Three U.S. allies on condemned the "repeated provocative launches" of ballistic missiles by North Korea, saying they violate U.N. Security Council resolutions banning any such activity.
North Korea's foreign minister called Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force changes.
North Korea continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.
South Korea and the U.S. will conduct annual joint military exercises despite warnings from North Korea that the drills could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy.
North Korea said Thursday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there.
North Korea suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion.
The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a North Korean cargo ship that was seized by the US in May, saying it could be used to pay off some of the $500 million owed to them for their son's death.
North Korea slammed South Korea over its deployment of U.S. fighter jets, warning that it will test special weapons of its own to "destroy" the aircraft.