Date
20 September 2019
North Korea says the capabilities of its multiple rocket launcher have been ‘verified in terms of combat operation.’ Photo: KCNA via Reuters
North Korea says the capabilities of its multiple rocket launcher have been ‘verified in terms of combat operation.’ Photo: KCNA via Reuters

N Korea says it tested super-large multiple rocket launcher

North Korea said its leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher on Tuesday.

Kim, who had guided the testing of the same multiple rocket launcher before, said its capabilities have been “finally verified in terms of combat operation,” state news agency KCNA said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.   

According to KCNA, what remains to be done with the rocket launcher is a “running fire test”. There were no details on what the test would entail.

Kim ordered future tasks and ways to “steadily” attain cutting-edge national defense to officials that had joined him, the state news agency said.

North Korea fired a new round of short-range projectiles on Tuesday, South Korean officials said, only hours after it signaled a new willingness to resume stalled denuclearization talks with the United States in late September.

While North Korea conducts weapons tests for a range of purposes, Tuesday’s launches appear to have been timed to send a message to Washington, such as what may happen if the US doesn’t come to talks with Pyongyang with realistic proposals, Reuters cited analysts as saying.

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