SEOUL, 11 (Reuters / EP
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has tested a large-capacity missile launcher in the framework of the latest short-range projectile launch on Tuesday, according to state news agency KCNA.
Kim, who has previously supervised several trials with the missile launcher, has indicated that his capabilities have been “finally verified in terms of operability in combat.” He has also indicated that there is still some other test to perform.
Pyongyang launched two short-range projectiles towards the Sea of Japan, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, which is now trying to determine the exact type of missile that would have been used in this new arms challenge.
The shells were fired at 6.53 and 7.12 from the city of Kaechon, in the province of South Pyongan, about 80 kilometers from the North Korean capital. The missiles flew about 330 kilometers and reached an altitude of up to 60 kilometers before falling into the sea, according to the South Korean report.
The launch took place just a few hours after Pyongyang proposed to resume talks with the US Administration at the end of September with a view to retaking contacts that remain frozen since the failed February summit between their respective leaders, Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump
“We are willing to sit down with the United States to hold a conversation on the issues that we have already been addressing before at a time and place that can be agreed at the end of September,” said Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Choe Son Hui quoted by KCNA.
This is the eighth launch that North Korea has made since Trump and Kim met at the border between the two Koreas last June, when they agreed to resume negotiations, something that has not yet happened.