North Korea Confirms Second Test of Multiple Rocket Launcher

Choe Son Hui deputy director general of the Department of US Affairs of North Korea Foreign Minist

He added that the trajectory varied considerably from the previous test, suggesting that North Korea was exploring what this system was capable of.

The projectiles were fired from South Pyongan Province, which surrounds the capital city of Pyongyang, and landed in the waters off North Korea's east coast, South Korean officials said.

The North Korean leader reportedly said the launches helped verify the technical parameters of their new launch system and now they only need to test its multiple-launch capability. signaling that it may fire more projectiles in the future.

In the past, Bolton has proposed using military force to overthrow the ruling Kim family and US officials have said Bolton was responsible for the collapse of Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's second summit in Vietnam in February.

Although U.S. President Donald Trump has played down previous tests this year, saying he did not believe short-range missiles violated any agreements, now-ousted national security adviser John Bolton had said even short-range launches by North Korea are banned under United Nations resolutions.

Bolton has not been the only target of North Korean rhetoric. Last month it called Pompeo a "diehard toxin" who only complicated talks. "Tokyo didn't ask us to share latest intelligence either".

US -led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of nuclear weapons collapsed after the second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February ended without any agreement due to disputes over USA -led sanctions on the North. Kim and Trump met again at a Korean border village in late June and agreed to resume talks.

Scarborough seemed shocked and appalled with this take, saying "Donald Trump, an American president, actually fired his National Security adviser - or forced him out - because the dictator of North Korea didn't like him".

All that almost fell apart in Hanoi when Trump followed Bolton's advice and handed Kim a piece of paper that bluntly called for the transfer of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States.

"We'll see what happens", Trump said.

Regardless of Bolton's departure, Washington has given no indication that it will soften its demand for North Korea's ultimate denuclearization, even though with Bolton gone, the risky all-or-nothing gambit is unlikely to be repeated.

She warned that "if the U.S. side fingers again the worn-out scenario which has nothing to do with new decision methods at the DPRK-U.S. working negotiation to be held with so much effort, the DPRK-U.S. dealings may come to an end".

"This change in personnel could carve out some space for new approaches or thinking about what defines success and how to achieve it", said Jenny Town at 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea project.

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