North Korea state media: Kim Jong Un oversaw test-firing of 2 projectiles

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:20 AM PST – Sat. August 17, 2019

North Korea confirms the launch of two short-range ballistic missiles off the East Coast was supervised by the country’s leader Kim Jong Un.

State media released still images Friday, showing Kim overseeing the tests which took place early Friday morning local time.

In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo provided Saturday, Aug. 17, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches the test firing of an unspecified new weapon at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon that extended a streak of weapons demonstrations seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over his military’s “mysterious and amazing success rates” in recent testing activity and vowed to build up “invincible military capabilities no one dare provoke.”

This latest test launch marks the sixth of its kind since July, as denuclearization talks between the U.S. and Pyongyang have come to a standstill.

Kim has pointed to the joint drills between the U.S. and South Korea as an act of aggression, and recently voiced his concern over the exercises in a personal letter to President Trump.