Moon: Allies believe N. Korea fired ‘short-range missiles’

SEOUL, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday his government and the United States view the projectiles North Korea fired earlier in the day as "short-range missiles" based on their flight distances.

Speaking during a special interview with public broadcaster KBS, the president said it's premature, however, to conclude whether Pyongyang violated U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibiting it from using ballistic missile technology.

Two projectiles launched from Kusong in the country's northwest flew across the nation's land to drop into the East Sea.

He said the North appears to be demonstrating its displeasure with the breakdown of the Hanoi summit between leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in late February. Pyongyang also seems to be trying to put pressure on Washington for the resumption of dialogue, he added.

On Seoul's possible food assistance for the impoverished communist neighbor, he hinted at a plan to ship rice, saying there's a huge amount of rice in stock in South Korea.

He also expressed hope for dialogue with political parties at home to discuss the humanitarian move.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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