Kim fires more ‘huge’ rock­ets

The Citizen (KZN) - - World -

Seoul – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un su­per­vised Thurs­day’s test of what it called a “su­per-large mul­ti­ple launch rocket sys­tem”, Py­ongyang’s state me­dia said yes­ter­day, hint­ing it could be the last in that se­ries.

Py­ongyang fired what Seoul de­scribed as “uniden­ti­fied pro­jec­tiles” on Thurs­day – the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day in the US – South Korean of­fi­cials said, as nu­clear talks be­tween the North and the United States re­main dead­locked.

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe said the weapons were bal­lis­tic mis­siles which rep­re­sented “se­ri­ous de­fi­ance” of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. Py­ongyang is banned from such launches un­der UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil sanc­tions over its nu­clear pro­grammes.

North Korea’s KCNA news agency re­leased pic­tures of a smil­ing Kim at­tend­ing the launch wear­ing a black leather trench­coat, be­ing ap­plauded by fur-hat­ted troops.

It also showed an im­age of one of the rock­ets as­cend­ing into the evening sky in clouds of flame from a four-bar­relled truck-mounted launch­ing sys­tem. – AFP

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