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.
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.