Last Tuesday, North Korea fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in its fifth round of weapons tests in recent weeks
The launch of the missile into the sea came hours after the US reaffirmed an offer to resume talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program
Within days, President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, is scheduled to hold talks with US allies in Seoul over the prospects of reviving talks with North Korea
Such weapons fly at five times the speed of sound and can manoeuvre during flight, making them harder to track
Pyongyang is also under international sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, which have seen rapid progress under Kim Jong-un
Kim also accused South Korea of hypocrisy because it criticises North Korea’s weapons development as provocations while spending heavily to increase its own military capabilities
In an apparent continued effort to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, Kim also used his speech at a rare exhibition of weapons systems on Monday to stress that his military might isn’t targeted at South Korea
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North Korea had recently tested an anti-aircraft missile successfully that prompted UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting
How Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong is leading the charge of mixing missile tests and peace offers to pressure US
If long-stalled negotiations resume, US and South Korean officials will likely find themselves dealing with Kim Yo Jong, whose promotion to a key government post this week formalised her status as her brother's top foreign policy official
It is the latest in a series of tension-raising steps by Pyongyang, which had until recently been biding its time since the change in US administrations in January
Kim's comments carried in a state media report are an apparent effort to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington as he wants South Korea to help him win relief from crippling US-led economic sanctions and other concessions.
The announcement comes a day after South Korean and Japanese militaries said they detected North Korea firing a missile into its eastern sea
North Korea accuses US of hostility, claims nukes a deterrent; wants South to come out of American influence
North Korea mainly uses the term "hostile policy" to refer to US-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme and the joint US-South Korea military drills
Analysts say North Korea is trying to use Moon’s desire for inter-Korean engagement to pressure South Korea into extracting concessions from Washington on its behalf
Kim may also be going back to a tried-and-true technique of pressuring the world with missile launches and outrageous threats before offering negotiations at the last minute meant to extract aid, experts said
The North Korean missile tests came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul
Japan's coast guard says they landed outside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.
On Monday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the tests of the new missiles showed they can hit targets 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away.
The tests came before US special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, was to meet his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Tokyo this week to discuss stalled talks with North Korea