North Korea’s Kim Jong-un oversaw test of ‘super large multiple rocket launcher’ | World news

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The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, oversaw the test of a “super-large multiple rocket launcher” on Saturday, the state news agency KCNA reported on Sunday.

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks amid stalled denuclearisation talks.

Photos released by North Korean state media showed rockets being launched from large tubes mounted on the back of an eight-wheel vehicle.

Analysts said it appeared to be at least the fourth new missile system unveiled by North Korea since denuclearisation talks stalled at a February summit between Kim and the US president, Donald Trump.

North Korea must step up development of strategic and tactical weapons to counter “ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the hostile forces”, KCNA reported Kim saying on Saturday.

North Korea’s young defence scientists who developed the missiles are a “precious treasure and wealth of the country which cannot be bartered for anything”, Kim said.

On Saturday a KCNA commentary said North Korea “will never barter the strategic security of the country for the sanctions relief”.

North Korea fires a missile during the test of a multiple rocket launcher in an undisclosed location. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

American officials have been trying to restart the stalled talks over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, which are heavily sanctioned.

After the latest tests, Trump again touted his good relationship with Kim and said Kim had been “pretty straight with me”.

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