N. Korea says it tested a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher'

Cheryl Sanders
September 12, 2019

He added that the trajectory varied considerably from the previous test, suggesting that North Korea was exploring what this system was capable of.

While analysts said North Korea conducts weapons tests for a range of purposes, including technical development and reassurance for the defence establishment, Tuesday's launches appeared to have been timed to send a message to Washington regarding what may happen if the U.S. does not come to North Korea with realistic proposals.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw Tuesday's testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher, state propaganda organ KCNA said late Tuesday.

Some observers say the launches may be an attempt by the North to put pressure on Washington to reopen negotiations.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

Two short-range projectiles were fired hours after the North indicated a willingness to resume denuclearization talks with the United States later this month.

Speaking in Beijing, the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said China welcomed North Korea's recent "positive signals" on resuming talks with the United States. "We give him our best wisdom, we share with him our understanding. but I don't think that any leader around the world should make any assumption that because some one of us departs that President Trump's foreign policy will change in a material way", Pompeo said.

Tuesday's weapons test was the eighth round of launches by North Korea since late July.

US -led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of nuclear weapons collapsed after the second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February ended without any agreement due to disputes over USA -led sanctions on the North. Kim and Trump met again at a Korean border village in late June and agreed to resume talks. North Korea issued a fiery statement denouncing Bolton's comments and Trump ultimately distanced himself from what Bolton said.

Pyongyang said on Monday that it was willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach.

Regardless of Bolton's departure, Washington has given no indication that it will soften its demand for North Korea's ultimate denuclearization, even though with Bolton gone, the risky all-or-nothing gambit is unlikely to be repeated.

The South Korean military on Tuesday deliberately kept information about North Korea's latest missile launch from the public, apparently for fear of embarrassing itself if its analysis proved wrong again.

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