Kim Jong Un says missile launch was a warning to South Korea

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un inspected the demonstration of a “new-type of tactical guided weapon” on Thursday as a warning to the Republic of Korea (ROK) to stop importing high-tech weapons and conducting joint military exercises, state media KCNA said on Friday.

The DPRK test-fired two new short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, ROK officials said. It was the first missile test since Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to revive denuclearization talks last month.

The KCNA report did not mention Trump or the United States, but it said Kim criticized the ROK authorities for carrying on with joint exercises, which are usually conducted with U.S. troops.

“We cannot but develop nonstop super-powerful weapon systems to remove the potential and direct threats to the security of our country that exist in the South,” Kim said, according to KCNA.

He accused the ROK of “double dealing” for saying they support peace but simultaneously importing new weapons and conducting military drills, urging that the ROK should stop such “suicidal acts” and “should not make a mistake of ignoring the warning,” said Kim.

Kim said he was satisfied with the rapid response and low-altitude trajectory of the weapon, which he said would make it difficult to intercept.

Earlier this week, Kim also inspected a newly constructed submarine, calling for the development of naval forces to boost the country’s military capabilities, KCNA said.