North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the test-launch of a “super-large” rocket launcher, state media disclosed on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s rocket launcher test was came hours after North Korea said it was willing to initiate nuclear negotiations with the United States in late September. While offering dialogues, North Korea still threatened its agreement with the U.S. may end if Washington fails to come to the negotiating table without the latest and favorable proposals.
Some experts claimed North Korea aims to ferociously grab adjustments from the United States once their diplomacy resumes.
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.
It was the second known test of a super-large multiple missile launcher that North Korea declares a needed to cope with outside military threats.
Tuesday’s test committed its promised purpose and allowed authorities to decide “the next-stage orientation to complete the weapon system,” KCNA revealed. It quoted Kim as saying what remains to be carried out is “running fire test.”
Tuesday’s weapons test was the eighth-one in a series of launches by North Korea, carried out since late July. Other missile launches include at least three other newly developed short-range missile and rocket artillery systems that experts claim would potentially enhance its capabilities to strike targets throughout South Korea.
Trump-led diplomacy aimed to make North Korea refrain from testing 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 sanctions on the Pyongyang. Kim and Trump met again at a Korean border village in late June and agreed to start bilateral talks again.
The series of Ballistic missile tests, conducted by North Korea would be a breach of UN Security Council resolutions that banned North Korea to develop such missile technology. North Korea ignores the restriction as a liberation of its self-defense right.