Kim fires more ‘huge’ rockets
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