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Trump Warns North Korea After ‘Very Important’ Missile Tests

SEOUL – President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed North Korea-related developments on Saturday and the two leaders committed to continuing close communication, the White House said in a statement.
Trump tweeted: “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has too much to lose, all in reality, if he behaves in a hostile manner. He signed a good Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore. He doesn’t want to end his special relationship with the US President.”
A senior Trump administration official told NBC News Sunday: “We’ve seen a test report and are planning c.”
The office of Moon also released a similar statement, stating that at Trump’s invitation the two leaders had a 30-minute phone conversation.
According to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Saturday’s test at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground will have “an important effect on changing (North Korea’s) strategic position in the near future,” an unnamed North’s Academy of National Defense Science spokesman said in a statement.
He said the defence academy submitted the test results to the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee. The North said last week that the Central Committee would hold a meeting at the end of December to discuss unspecified “crucial issues” in line with “the changed situation at home and abroad.”
Analyst Kim Dong-yub at Seoul’s Far Eastern Studies Institute said a solid-fuel engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile was likely first tested by North Korea. Using solid fuel increases the mobility of a weapon.
The test on Saturday “is meant to enhance military capabilities and boost domestic confidence and credibility,” said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Seoul’s Ewha University.
“With the Sohae operation, Pyongyang is also trying to raise international fears that it might escalate provocations and move away from denuclearization talks next year.”
The Sohae launch centre in Tongchang-ri, a seaside city in western North Korea, is where the North has suspended satellite launches in recent years, resulting in worldwide condemnation and the United Nations. Sanctions on allegations that long-range missile technology experiments have been disguised.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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