The KCNA report also came the same day South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN that North Korea launched two more unidentified projectiles off its eastern coast of Tongchon county in Gangwon province. It is the latest in series of North Korean launches.
North Korea’s announcement that it rejected any face-to-face talks with South Korea came after Moon, in a nationally televised Liberation Day address, said the momentum for dialogue between the Koreas and the United States “remains unshaken” despite North Korea’s recent missile launches.
Moon also said South Korea has defense capabilities stronger than those of North Korea, and that Seoul was monitoring the situation with Pyongyang and was trying to prevent the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
“The ultimate goal that these actions serve, is dialogue, not confrontation,” Moon said.
North Korea has railed against ongoing US-South Korea joint military drills, threatening just days ago to freeze out Seoul by only holding future talks with Washington.