NK's Kim Oversaw Test of 'Super-Large' Launcher

NK's Kim Oversaw Test of 'Super-Large' Launcher

North Korea said its leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher on Tuesday.

The North's Korean Central News Agency said Kim, accompanied by top military and ruling Workers' Party officials, supervised the two rounds of test-firings at an unidentified place on Tuesday.

"What remains to be done is running fire test which is most vivid character in terms of the power of multiple rocket launcher", KCNA said.

The North had held back on weapons tests for over a year, but its now had at least eight launches since Kim met President Donald Trump in June.


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the United States on Thursday to make efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue, warning that applying "maximum pressure" would never work.

The launches came hours after North Korea offered to restart nuclear diplomacy with the United States in late September. North Korea often ratchets up military tensions ahead of negotiations meant to end its nuclear ambitions.

The North Korean statement cited recent comments by US officials expressing a desire for negotiations and made no mention of any new concessions.

Nuclear talks have been stalled since the no-deal summit between North Korean leader Kim and US President Donald Trump in February at which they failed to match Pyongyang's denuclearisation steps with Washington's concessions, such as sanctions relief.


Biegun's remarks last week highlighted that nearly no progress has been made toward an agreement on North Korea's nuclear program despite three meetings between Trump and Kim.

Choe said she hopes the United States will bring "a proposal geared to the interests of the DPRK and the USA and based on decision methods acceptable to us".

"If the working-level talks break down and dialogue is suspended, the DPRK can not help but seek a new way in 2020, when the US holds a presidential election", the paper said. At the same time, he has threatened to take a "new path", if the USA doesn't change course.

The previous seven launches have revealed short-range missile and rocket artillery systems that experts say would potentially expand its capabilities to strike targets throughout South Korea, including USA military bases there. There was no indication so far that the missile was a part of the Tuesday test.


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