North Korea Continues Missile Launches

People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea’s missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. North Korea on Tuesday continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing unidentified projectiles twice into the sea while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing their joint military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy. The sign reads “North Korea could seek a new road.“
People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. North Korea on Tuesday continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing unidentified projectiles twice into the sea while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing their joint military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy. The sign reads "North Korea could seek a new road." Ahn Young-joon / AP Photo
People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea’s missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. North Korea on Tuesday continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing unidentified projectiles twice into the sea while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing their joint military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy. The sign reads “North Korea could seek a new road.“
People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. North Korea on Tuesday continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing unidentified projectiles twice into the sea while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing their joint military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy. The sign reads "North Korea could seek a new road." Ahn Young-joon / AP Photo

North Korea Continues Missile Launches

North Korea has fired two unidentified missiles into the sea east of its South Hwanghae province, its fourth such launch in less than two weeks, according to the South Korean military. North Korea’s foreign ministry also denounced planned U.S.-South Korea military drills in a statement on Monday, saying that they were forcing North Korea to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.” On Monday evening, Washington introduced a new regulation mandating that potential visitors to the United States who could normally enter the country without applying for a visa will now have to apply for one if they have visited North Korea in the last eight years. The policy would affect tourists from most European countries, alongside several Asian ones such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

Joining us to unpack recent developments on the Korean peninsula is Bruce Cumings, professor of history at the University of Chicago and author of the books “Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century” and “North Korea: Another Country.”