The Daily Telegraph

‘Slander’ claim as Korean rivals clash on missile tests

- By Nicola Smith Asia correspond­ent

THE influentia­l sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accused the South Korean leader of “slander” yesterday after the rival nations carried out missile tests within hours of each other, the hermit state’s media said.

Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, described the North’s actions as “provocatio­ns”, prompting Kim Yo-jong, a key adviser to her brother, to condemn Seoul’s “illogical attitude that describes their similar behaviour as a legitimate action to support peace, and ours as a threat to peace”.

It came after Pyongyang had fired “two unidentifi­ed ballistic missiles” from its central inland area into the sea off its east coast, Seoul’s military said. It was the nuclear-armed nation’s second missile test in less than a week and a clear signal to Beijing, analysts said.

South Korea said it had conducted its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test, after Pyongyang’s, when a domestical­ly built missile fired from a submarine hit its target.

A US State Department spokesman said: “This launch is in violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolution­s and poses a threat to the DPRK’S neighbours and other members of the internatio­nal community.

“We remain committed to a diplomatic approach to the DPRK (Democratic Republic of Korea) and call on them to engage in dialogue.”

Wang Yi, the Chinese government’s foreign minister, said: “We all have to work together towards the resumption of dialogue.”

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