Pyongyang fires a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern seas, Seoul says, as US aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint military exercises.
"We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them," Pyongyang says, warning the US against spreading "rumour of arms dealings."
"No one barters its destiny for corn cake," says Kim Yo-jong, powerful sister of leader Kim Jong-un, responding to Seoul's offer to boost Pyongyang's economy in exchange for giving up nuclear weapons.
The last time North Korea conducted a weapons test was July 10, when they fired what appeared to be multiple rocket launchers.
Kim Jong-un convenes unprecedented gathering that focuses on the ruling party's powerful sections that monitor and police loyalty of officials and members across the country.
The veteran diplomat served as a close aide to Kim Jong Un during nuclear talks with the United States and accompanied the North Korean leader to summits with then US president Donald Trump.
Allies launch ground-to-ground ATACMS missiles at targets in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, says Seoul's military.
North Korea fired eight ballistic missiles in a drill that adds to its record pace of launches for the year.
Officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan have met in Seoul for talks on North Korea amid signs the country is preparing to conduct a nuclear test for the first time since 2017.
The country reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be Covid-19 and encouraged good health habits as a mass outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population.
US and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that there are signs of new construction at Punggye-ri, North Korea's only known nuclear test site, and that Pyongyang could soon test another bomb.
North Korea will continue to develop its nuclear-armed military so that it could “preemptively and thoroughly contain and frustrate all dangerous attempts and threatening moves," Kim Jong-un said.
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