North Korea carries out 'very significant' test at satellite launch

Mail Online | 12/7/2019 | Reuters; Reporter
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North Korea has carried out a 'very significant' test at its Sohae satellite launch site hours after it announced denuclearization talks with the U.S. were off the negotiating table.

State media KCNA reported that the test was carried out on Sunday, local time, but did not specify what was tested at the site previously used to launch rockets into space.

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However, local media reports say a new satellite image indicated North Korea may be preparing to resume testing engines used to power satellite launchers at the site.

Analysts have said the site has never before been used to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, but it has been used to test missile engines. Past satellite launches have helped scuttle talks with the United States.

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Missile experts said it appeared likely the North Koreans had conducted a static test of a rocket engine, rather than a missile launch.

The U.N. bans North Korea from launching satellites because it is considered a test of long-range missile technology.

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The reported test comes as North Korea steps up pressure on the U.S. to make concessions in stalled nuclear talks, and a day after it said that denuclearization was 'out of the negotiation table'.

Tensions have risen ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea, which has called on the U.S. to change its policy of insisting on Pyongyang's unilateral denuclearization and demanded relief from punishing sanctions.

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President Donald Trump told reporters in June 2018 after his first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that North Korea had pledged to dismantle one of its missile installations, which U.S. officials later identified as Sohae.

But on Saturday, North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Kim Song, said that the 'sustained and substantial dialogue'...
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