Nuclear talks in doubt as North Korea tests ballistic missiles, envoy cancels trip
North Korea on Thursday carried out the first missile test since the country’s leader Kim Jung-un met with US President Donald Trump in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea last month. During that meeting, both leaders agreed to a new round of talks on North Korea’s nuclear program.
South Korean officials stated that the Thursday test included the firing of two new short-range ballistic missiles, which would constitute a violation of UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.
In a separate incident, a diplomatic source reported that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has canceled plans to attend an upcoming Southeast Asian security forum, where he was supposed to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.