North Korea tests rocket launcher
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/29/19, 11:22 am
North Korea said its test on Thursday was the final review of the combat application for its new “super-large” rocket launcher. South Korea’s military confirmed two projectiles took off from North Korea’s eastern province and landed in the sea off its coast. It was the fourth test-launch of the multiple rocket launcher since August.
Why the spike in tests? Thursday’s test could indicate that North Korea is preparing to deploy a new weapons system. The country has fired other new weapons in recent months as leader Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline for denuclearization talks with the United States draws closer. Both parties failed to reach a denuclearization agreement in the last meeting in October.
Dig deeper: Read Rachel Lynn Aldrich’s report in The Sift on the failed October talks.
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Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.