North Korea confirms second test of super-large multiple-rocket launcher

China urges US to 'make efforts' on North Korea

China urges US to 'make efforts' on North Korea

But a US spokesperson dismissed the launch, calling the latest North Korean missiles "projectiles", perhaps because the launch came only a day after North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui proposed a resumption of talks in late September.

"Bolton may not be loved by everyone but surely was a bulwark against a half-baked nuclear deal with North Korea, knowing very well about its negotiating tactics", said Kim Hong-kyun, a former South Korean nuclear envoy.

State media in North Korea say the country's leader oversaw the test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher " on Tuesday.

However, they say Tuesday's launches appeared timed to send a message to Washington, potentially to demonstrate what may happen if the USA doesn't come to the table with proposals the North sees as realistic.

The test looked to be of a 600mm calibre multiple-launch rocket system that North Korea first introduced last month, said adjunct senior fellow Ankit Panda at the Federation of American Scientists.

In April, Kim said he was open to another summit with Trump but set the end of the year as a deadline for the U.S.to offer improved terms for an agreement to revive the nuclear diplomacy.

Policy analysts say Bolton's departure could help USA efforts to revive the talks but will not make Washington's aim of persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons any easier.

People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Railway Station Tuesday.

North Korea said on Monday it was willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach. After their latest meeting, the USA said Kim had agreed to begin detailed negotiations by mid-July. Panda adding that the trajectory varied considerably from the previous test, suggesting North Korea was exploring what this system was capable of.

Little progress has been made in getting Kim to give up his weapons programs, but Trump has repeatedly pointed to North Korea's freeze in nuclear and long-range missile tests since 2017 as evidence of the success of his efforts. North Korea often ratchets up military tensions ahead of negotiations.

Three of them were shown to have been uncovered after the launch, while the remaining tube was blocked. raising speculations that one of the launches could have been a misfire. gone undetected by the South Korean military.

Biegun's remarks last week highlighted that nearly no progress has been made toward an agreement on North Korea's nuclear program despite three meetings between Trump and Kim.

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