North Korea says it tested fired a new multiple rocket launcher

SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA): He confirmed on Friday that he conducted his third launch test of a new super-large that, he says, expands his ability to destroy enemy targets in surprise attacks.

The latest launches extended a streak of gun shows for a month by the North, which continues to stop at nuclear negotiations to move forward while pressing Washington for concessions.

The official Central Korean News Agency of Pyongyang described the evidence a day after the South Korean and Japanese military said they detected two projectiles launched from an area near the capital of North Korea that traveled more than 200 miles across the country before of landing in waters off the north east coast.

Experts say the North could continue to increase weapons demonstrations before the end-of-year deadline set by leader Kim Jong Un for the United States to offer mutually acceptable terms to rescue tense fragile diplomacy over exchange disagreements. of sanctions and disarmament measures.

Thursday's releases followed statements of discontent from senior officials in North Korea about the slow pace of nuclear negotiations with the United States and demands that the administration of President Donald Trump ease the crippling sanctions and pressure in his country.

KCNA said Kim expressed satisfaction with what North Korea described as a successful test of its new rocket artillery system, but it was not clear if the leader observed the launches on the site. The North previously tested the system in August and September. The latest test verified the perfection of the system's continuous firing capability that supposedly allows it to totally destroy enemy targets with superpower, the agency said.

Kim Eun-han, spokesman for the Seoul Unification Ministry, said South Korea is very concerned about the North's arms activity, but avoided a direct response when asked about the possible impact on the inter-Korean dialogue.

Earlier this month, the North fired a ballistic missile launched underwater for the first time in three years. The North has also tested new short-range ballistic missile systems and rocket artillery in recent months in what experts saw as an effort to use the deadlock in the talks to advance their military capabilities while increasing their power of negotiation

Negotiations have failed after the collapse of a February summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the United States rejected North Korea's demands for ample relief from sanctions in exchange for a gradual move towards partial delivery. of its nuclear capabilities.

The North responded with intensive testing activity, while Kim said he would wait patiently until the end of the year for the United States to make a bold decision.

Washington and Pyongyang resumed the work-level discussion in Sweden earlier this month, but the meeting was interrupted in the midst of an acrimony with North Koreans who called the disgusting talks and accused the Americans of maintaining an old stance and attitude.