Mindanao Times

NoKor conducts ‘very important test’


NORTH Korea said Sunday it had carried out a “very important test” at its space launch centre, as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.

The announceme­nt of

Saturday’s test at the Sohae satellite launch site came just hours after US President Donald Trump said he’d be “surprised” by any hostile action from the North.

“A very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the afternoon of December 7, 2019,” a spokesman for North Korea’s Academy of the National Defence Science said.

The result of the latest test will have an “important effect” on changing the “strategic position” of North Korea, the spokesman said in a statement carried by the KCNA news agency.

The statement did not

provide further details on the test.

Satellite imagery taken on Dec. 5 showed a large container box at the site that was “a decent indicator of an impending engine test”, Jeffrey Lewis of the USbased Middlebury Institute of Internatio­nal Studies had said ahead of Pyongyang’s statement.

Sohae, on North Korea’s northwest coast, is ostensibly a facility designed for putting satellites into orbit.

But Pyongyang has carried out several rocket launches there that were condemned by the US and others as disguised long-range ballistic missile tests.

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