Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation & World Digest: Kim: Missile Test 'Adequate Warning'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation & World Digest: Kim: Missile Test 'Adequate Warning'

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KIM: MISSILE TEST 'ADEQUATE WARNING'

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said today leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed short-range ballistic missiles he said were intended to send an "adequate warning" to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises.

The announcement by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency today came a day after South Korea's military said it detected the North firing two projectiles that were likely ballistic missiles into the sea.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff alerted reporters to the launches minutes before the North's Foreign Ministry denounced Washington and Seoul over the start of their joint exercises on Monday. The ministry's statement said the drills, which North Korea sees as an invasion rehearsal, leave the country "compelled to develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense."

IRAN PRESIDENT TELLS US TO LIFT SANCTIONS

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran's president reiterated Tuesday that if Washington wants to open negotiations with Tehran, it must lift all sanctions against his country "before everything else."

Iranian state TV said President Hassan Rouhani made the comments during a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Rouhani also reiterated that America's sanctions on his country are an act of "economic terrorism," the report said.

Tensions have escalated since President Donald Trump last year withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and imposed new and harsher sanctions on Iran's oil and banking sectors.

BRIEFLY

GALVESTON, TEXAS: The police chief of Galveston has apologized after two white male officers mounted on horseback led a black, handcuffed trespassing suspect by a rope through downtown streets. Photos of the Saturday arrest were widely circulated on social media. …

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