North Korea tested its oversized multiple rocket launcher system on Tuesday, September 11.
According to the North Korean news agency KCNA, the launch of the rockets was personally watched by the head of state Kim Jong-un, and the test itself “passed in full accordance with its objectives.”
The launch of “two unidentified projectiles” from North Korea on Tuesday was also reported by representatives of the South Korean armed forces. According to them, the shells were fired in the early morning towards the Sea of Japan from an area near the city of Kecheon, which is 80 kilometers from Pyongyang, and flew about 330 kilometers.
South Korea’s reaction to North Korea’s weapons tests
“All of these North Korean actions increase tensions, not help efforts to weaken it on the Korean peninsula, and we reiterate our call for an immediate end,” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
At the same time, THE KCNA agency points out that similar testing of this system was already underway two weeks ago. The next test of new weapons in the DPRK on September 11 was held a few hours after the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that Pyongyang is ready to resume negotiations with the United States on its nuclear program and is waiting for appropriate proposals from Washington.