North Korea announced on Sunday that it conducted a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will have a crucial effect on the country’s strategic position.
The test was conducted on Saturday afternoon at the Sohae Satellite Launch Camp, the Korean Central News Agency said, adding that the result was reported to the Central Committee of the ruling Workers Party.
The test results will have “an important effect to modify the strategic position of (North Korea) once again in the near future,” the agency said.
The report did not indicate what the test consisted of, but some media say that a new satellite image indicates that Pyongyang could be preparing to resume the test of engines used to drive the satellite launchers at the site.
Right now, North Korea is increasing pressure on the United States to make concessions in the stalled nuclear talks between the two countries.
The United Nations banned the North Korean government from launching satellites because it is considered a test of long-range missile technology.
After repeated failures, North Korea successfully placed a satellite in orbit for the first time in 2012 on a launch from the same place, and in 2016 launched another, also successfully.
At the UN, the North Korean ambassador to that agency, Kim Song, issued a statement on Saturday in which he warned that the denuclearization of North Korea “has already been left out of the negotiating table” and that it does not need long talks with the United States , when the deadline set by North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un is about to end before the end of the year, Washington makes important concessions in atomic diplomacy.
In the text, Song accused President Donald Trump’s government of applying for
There is a persistent “hostile policy” towards the Asian country “in its attempt to quell it.” He also noted that Washington only serves “its internal political agenda” when it claims to be committed to Pyongyang in a “sustained and substantial dialogue.”
“We don’t need to have long talks with the United States now, and denuclearization has already been left out of the negotiating table,” he said.
Bill Sutcliff is a senior reporter at The Grand Newsstand, covering state and national politics, and he is a grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Before joining The Grand Newsstand, Bill worked as a freelance journalist in NYC, having been published by dozens of outlets including NPR, the Center for Media and VICE.com.