Seoul called on Pyongyang to stop its military demonstrations immediately and slammed the launch as "very inappropriate" when the world is struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The Japanese Defense Ministry said the projectiles did not land on Japanese territory. It has not tested any nuclear-capable systems since the October 2019 inaugural test of the Pukguksong-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile, North Korea's longest-range solid fuel missile to date. Flight data released by the South Korean and Japanese militaries suggest that the North could have tested one of its new mobile, solid-fuel missile systems it first demonstrated a year ago.
The latest correspondence between the two leaders came as Kim observed the firing of tactical guided weapons over the weekend, drawing criticism from South Korea, as nuclear talks remain deadlocked.More news: The first one-on-one debate between Biden and Sanders
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Many worldwide experts are now skeptical of North Korea's assertion that it has not had a single case of coronavirus.
North Korea has not officially reported cases of the viruses, though experts believe it is unlikely the highly infectious respiratory illness has not reached the country.More news: First positive Coronavirus case reported in North-East India; statement here
Trump once expressed that he and Kim "fell in love", saying that the North Korean leader wrote him "beautiful letters". The report didn't mention any direct comments by Kim toward Washington or Seoul. US President Donald Trump has demanded that North Korea give up all its nuclear weapons and production facilities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
"We will determine (our stance) going forward with regard to COVID-19 by comprehensively taking into consideration our domestic situation along with the situation in North Korea, between the North and the United States and developments linked to global aid groups", the spokesperson added. Those weapons also included a developmental mid-range missile that could be launched from submarines.
It was unclear whether March 21's launch was part of the drill. North Korea has so far not reported any coronavirus cases, but on Sunday, its main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, urged the people to keep at least one meter away from one another and avoid public transport to prevent contagion.More news: Italy registers 63927 coronavirus cases, day-to-day slowdown of deaths