State media shows North Korea's Kim overseeing rocket drills

State media shows North Korea's Kim overseeing rocket drills

Images from North Korean state media on Sunday reportedly showed the country's leader, Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnCan we do business with Kim Jong Un? Leadership analysis might give clues Hong Kong protests present Trump, Xi with painful choices North Korea launches missile tests, insults South Korean president MORE, overseeing rocket drills, a likely signal of frustration as diplomatic talks with U.S. officials have stalled. 

Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) showed Kim praising drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and a possible short-range ballistic missile, according to The Associated Press


"Praising the People’s Army for its excellent operation of modern large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons, he said that all the service members are master gunners and they are capable of carrying out duty to promptly tackle any situation,” KCNA  said, according to the AP. 

“He stressed the need for all the service members to keep high alert posture and more dynamically wage the drive to increase the combat ability so as to defend the political sovereignty and economic self-sustenance of the country and ... the security of the people from the threats and invasion by any forces,” it added.

The short-range missile shown by North Korean state media is likely the "tactical guided weapon" the country said it had last month, analysts told the AP.

North Korea fired multiple short-range projectiles off its east coast on Saturday morning, according to South Korea's military. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North fired short-range projectiles from Wonsan, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

The tests could escalate tensions between Washington and Pyongyang as the two sides seek to reach a nuclear deal. President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE and Kim's second summit in Vietnam in February did not result in a deal between the two countries. 

Trump on Saturday tweeted that he believes the "deal will happen," writing Kim “fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it.”

“He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me," Trump wrote.