North Korea again tests 'super-large' rocket launcher: KCNA

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

North Korea fired two missiles on Tuesday morning that flew about 205 miles before falling in waters near Alsom Island, off the coast of North Hamgyong Province, Seoul's joint chiefs of staff said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised a fresh test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" system, state media said Wednesday - the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang.

At their June 30 meeting in the truce village of Panmunjeom, Kim agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump that Washington and Pyongyang would resume talks within weeks, but they have yet to take place.

The firings came just hours after the North's First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui expressed a willingness to resume denuclearization talks with the late September and demanded that Washington come up with a new proposal acceptable to Pyongyang.

There was no immediate comment from the White House following reports of the launches.

The launch suggests North Korea will continue pressuring the United States, even as it hints at returning to negotiations that have been stalled since February.

When asked by AFP about the most current North Korean supply, a Condition Division official replied: "We never have any conferences to announce at this time". The type of projectile is still unidentified, but the South Korean military says it's analyzing the projectiles together with the U.S.

Trump said that Kim had only agreed to stop testing long-range ballistic missiles - the type that can reach the United States mainland - and nuclear weapons. "I always say having meetings is a good thing, not a bad thing".

- Nuclear warhead advancement - Kim and Trump adopted a vaguely-worded statement on the "finish denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" at their to start with summit in Singapore in June last yr, but little development has because been made on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at Washington's Centre for the National Interest think tank, said Trump was now free to find a national security adviser opposed to wars of regime change and willing to back a diplomatic track with North Korea.

The period suggested by North Korea would correspond with the United Nations Standard Assembly in NY. "We wish that he would stop that". "We are continuing to keep track of the scenario and consulting closely with our allies in the location".

Japan's defense chief blasted the tests as a "very serious issue", saying Tokyo was "making every effort to stay vigilant" of the North Korean nuclear threat, highlighting that Pyongyang is banned from the use of all ballistic missile technology under United Nations sanctions resolutions.

"It is meant to send a message to the US can go further next year during the presidential race", says the analyst Kim.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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