People watch a TV screen showing a live broadcast of Republic of Korea's President Moon Jae-in during a TV talk show with KBS at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, May 9, 2019. (AHN YOUNG-GOON / AP)
SEOUL – The Republic of Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s recent projectile launches can be seen as its call for a rapid resumption of denuclearization talks.
Moon made the remarks during his appearance in the nationally televised talk show of local broadcaster KBS marking the second anniversary of his inauguration as president.
(The DPRK's recent projectile launches) are aimed to lead the denuclearization dialogue in the direction they want, and also aimed to call for the rapid resumption of the dialogue
Moon Jae-in, ROK President
"(The DPRK's recent projectile launches) are aimed to lead the denuclearization dialogue in the direction they want, and also aimed to call for the rapid resumption of the dialogue," said Moon.
The comment came four hours after the DPRK fired two unidentified projectiles from an area in the country's northwestern North Pyongan province, north of Pyongyang.
The two unidentified projectiles, presumed to be short-range missiles, were fired at about 4:29 pm (0729 GMT) and 4:49 pm local time (0749 GMT), respectively.
The projectiles flew about 420 km and 270 km, respectively, in the direction of the east, according to the ROK's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). They traveled at an altitude of about 50 km.
Ko Min-jung, Blue House spokesperson, said in a statement that the projectile firings would be of no help for efforts to improve inter-Korean relations and defuse military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The ROK was "very worried" about the firings, the Blue House spokesperson said.
The projectiles flew about 420 km and 270 km, respectively, in the direction of the east, according to the ROK's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). They traveled at an altitude of about 50 km
The JCS said the ROK military intensified surveillance and defense readiness in preparation for the possibly additional projectile launches, noting that it maintained a full readiness in close cooperation with the United States.
It came just five days after the DPRK fired several short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast Saturday.
The ROK military believed that the short-range projectiles were fired from 240-mm and 300-mm multiple rocket launchers and a new type of tactical guided weapons.
In this May 4, 2019 file photo, A TV screen shows file footage of rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. (AHN YOUNG-JOON / AP)
The denuclearization negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the second summit between top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump ended with no agreement.
During the phone dialogue with Moon on Tuesday, Trump expressed support for Seoul's humanitarian food aid for DPRK people, saying it would be very timely and positive, according to the Blue House.
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