Published: Thu, September 12, 2019

Korea says it tested super-large multiple rocket launcher

Korea says it tested super-large multiple rocket launcher

Trump's efforts to engage with North Korea almost fell apart altogether in February after he followed Bolton's advice at the second summit in Hanoi and handed Kim a piece of paper that called for the transfer of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States.

Tuesday'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.

Kim Jong Un can spin this personnel change in Washington as a win in North Korean domestic politics.

In the past, Bolton has proposed using military force to overthrow the ruling Kim family and USA officials have said Bolton was responsible for the collapse of Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's second summit in Vietnam in February.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

Kim, military leaders and top officials "in the field of national defense science" saw two rounds of test fire Tuesday of "tactical guided weapons including super-large multiple rocket launcher", the official Korean Central News Agency said a day after the launches.

Bolton has not been the only target of North Korean rhetoric.

Some experts said North Korea aims to wrest concessions from the United States once their diplomacy resumes. Last month it called Pompeo a "diehard toxin" who only complicated talks.

Trump also said he disagreed with Bolton on Venezuela but offered no specifics.

"These have been the president's policies".

Kim, who has suspended testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles while engaged in talks with the US, has given Trump until the end of the year to ease up on sanctions choking his state's anemic economy.

Kim and US President Donald Trump adopted a vaguely-worded statement on the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" at their first summit in Singapore in June previous year, but little progress has since been made on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program. North Korea issued a fiery statement denouncing Bolton's comments and Trump ultimately distanced himself from what Bolton said.

Regardless of Bolton's departure, Washington has given no indication that it will soften its demand for North Korea's ultimate denuclearization, even though with Bolton gone, the risky all-or-nothing gambit is unlikely to be repeated. South Korea's military said the two North Korean projectiles fired Tuesday flew about 330 kilometres (205 miles) in the direction of the waters off the North's east coast.

Pyongyang said on Monday that it was willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach.

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