Denuclearization talks with the U.S. on hold as North Korea Continues Testing weapons
North Korea confirms its third multiple rocket launcher tests that allegedly increases its ability to destroy targets of the enemy in surprise attacks. Meanwhile, nuclear talks with Washington remain in limbo. Korean Central News Agency commented on the tests one day after Japan and South Korea reported that two projectiles were launched from the Pyongyang area.
Leader of North Korea pleased with tests
North Korea has plans to enhance its military prowess. The test has been repeated a number of times since august. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un has expressed his satisfaction with the test’s success. Un also congratulated the scientists involved in the development of the weapon. All indications from the KCNA report show that Kim was not present at the site of the testing.
Pictures of the event were published by the Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s state newspaper. From the pictures, a multiple rocket launcher can be seen surrounded by smoke and yellow flames. The test on Thursday confirmed that the new continuous fire system developed by the state for the rocket launchers were capable of destroying the target of the enemy in a surprise strike. After three trials, it was successful. KCNA added.
South Korean and Japanese military officials reported that the North tested a projectile on Thursday afternoon. The report stated that the projectile traveled over 322 kilometers across the country. It finally landed in waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, Yoshihide Suga said the country has protested over the test. He also described the missile launch as “extremely regrettable.” US Senator Cory Gardner said North Korea engages in escalatory behavior and admonished the Trump-led government to enforce the maximum pressure policy as well as sanctions from Congress.