North Korea confirms second test of super-large multiple-rocket launcher
North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un observed the test-launch of a super-large multiple rocket launcher, the latest in a series of weapons tests performed amid stalled diplomacy over the North’s nuclear program.
Yesterday’s rocket launcher test was made hours after North Korea said it was willing to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States in late September.
South Korea’s military said the two North Korean projectiles fired Tuesday flew about 330 kilometres in the direction of the waters off the North’s east coast. 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 US-led sanctions on the North. Kim and Trump met again at a Korean border village in late June and agreed to resume talks. The North Korean weapons tested in the past weeks were all short-range, and the country is still keeping its promise not to carry out nuclear and long-range missile tests. This suggests North Korea is trying to maintain the momentum for dialogue with the United States, experts say.