North Korea con­ducts ‘very im­po­rant’ test of new rocket

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said to­day it car­ried out a “very im­por­tant test” at its lon­grange rocket launch site that will have a key ef­fect on the coun­try’s strate­gic po­si­tion.

The Korean Cen­tral News Agency said the test was con­ducted at the So­hae Satel­lite Launch­ing Ground on Satur­day af­ter­noon. It said that the re­sult of the test was re­ported to the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the rul­ing Work­ers’ Party.

The test re­sults will have “an im­por­tant ef­fect on chang­ing the strate­gic po­si­tion of (North Korea) once again in the near fu­ture,” the agency re­ported.

The re­port didn’t say what the test was about.

But me­dia reports say a new satel­lite im­age in­di­cated North Korea may be pre­par­ing to re­sume test­ing engines used to power satel­lite launch­ers at the site.

The re­ported test came as North Korea is step­ping up pres­sure on the U.S. to make con­ces­sions in stalled nu­clear talks.

The U.N. bans North Korea from launch­ing satel­lites be­cause it is con­sid­ered a test of long-range mis­sile tech­nol­ogy.

Af­ter re­peated fail­ures, North Korea suc­cess­fully put its first satel­lite into in 2012 in a launch from the same site. North Korea had an­other suc­cess­ful satel­lite launch in 2016.

At the United Na­tions, a state­ment re­leased by

North Korea’s U.N. am­bas­sador, Kim Song, said that denu­cle­ariza­tion had “al­ready gone out of the ne­go­ti­a­tion ta­ble.” It said North Korea does not need to have lengthy talks with the United States as the end-of-year dead­line set by its leader Kim Jong Un for sub­stan­tial U.S. con­ces­sions in nu­clear diplo­macy looms.

The state­ment ac­cused the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of per­sis­tently pur­su­ing a “hos­tile pol­icy” to­ward the coun­try “in its at­tempt to sti­fle it.” The am­bas­sador also said Washington’s claims it is en­gaged in a “sus­tained and sub­stan­tial di­a­logue” with Py­ongyang solely for “its do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal agenda.”

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