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North Korea rejected further peace talks with Seoul on Friday, the same day it launched at least two projectiles – the sixth such test in a month, according to South Korea's military.
The statement from North Korea followed a speech on Thursday by South Korea's President Moon Jae-i marking the 74th anniversary of Korean independence. In the promised Moon reunification of the Korean Peninsula 2045 – a topic Pyongyang considers provocative.
In response, an unidentified spokesman for the Nordic Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Country said in a statement from the official KCNA News Agency that Moon is an "unhappy" person "overcome with terror." Pyongyang's decision to suspend calls, it said, was "completely the fault of South Korea's actions."
Meanwhile, South Korea's military said the north had launched two "unidentified projectiles" that landed in the water off the east coast of the peninsula after reaching an altitude of about 18 miles and fly a distance of about 142 miles.
Although Seoul officials did not say what the projectiles were, the apogee and its range appeared to be consistent with previous tests identified as North Korea's KN-23, a short-range hypersonic ballistic missile designed to avoid missile defense systems.
Japan's Ministry of Defense said that the North Korean projectiles were under its territorial waters. The White House said it was aware of the launches and consulted Seoul and Tokyo, according to The Associated Press.
Less than a year ago, Korea appeared to be approaching.
Following a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, it was talked about that North and South forged a lasting peace and put decades of animosity behind them. In September, Kim and Moon even signed a broad agreement to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.
Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts. In the meantime, no rocket or nuclear test will be conducted. The hero remains to be ……..
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2018
Since then, President Trump, who originally destroyed Kim, has consistently praised him, describes the North Korean strongman as a "friend" and joked that the two "fell in love."
Earlier this month, the President dismissed the Nordic missile test as "very standard" and "very under control."
In June, Trump and Kim met in the demilitarized zone that divided Korea and renewed a pledge to work against denuclearization.
But the rhetoric and actions of the North have become sour in recent weeks over joint military exercises held this month between the United States and South Korea. Pyongyang has long considered the annual war games as rehearsals for an invasion.
"We have nothing to talk to the South Korean authorities anymore and have no idea to sit with them again," the North Korean spokesman said Friday.