North Korea conducts 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site: KCNA

North Korea has conducted another "crucial test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline approaching.

The announcement Saturday comes one day before US Special Envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun is set to arrive in Seoul for a three-day visit, and after the United States tested a medium-range ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.

North Korea's Chief of the General Staff Pak Jon Chon said his country was using recent tests to develop new technologies and strategic weapons.

In a case of "acute confrontation", the United States "and other hostile forces will spend the year-end in peace only when they hold off any words and deeds rattling us", he said in a statement carried by the government news agency KCNA.

"The priceless data, experience and new technologies gained in the recent tests ... will be fully applied to the development of another strategic weapon ... for definitely and reliably restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the US," he said.

A spokesman for the North's National Academy of Defence Science said in a statement carried by KCNA: "Another crucial test was successfully conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground from 22:41 to 22:48 on December 13."

The "research successes" will be "applied to further bolstering up the reliable strategic nuclear deterrent" of North Korea, the spokesman added.

The statement did not provide further details on the test.

The US State Department said only that it had "seen the reports of a test, and are coordinating closely with our Korean and Japanese allies."

- North Korean frustration -

Sohae, on North Korea's northwest coast, is ostensibly a facility designed for putting satellites into orbit.

But Pyongyang has carried out several rocket launches there that were condemned by the US and others as disguised long-range ballistic missile tests.

The North is banned from firing ballistic missiles under UN Security Council resolutions, and rocket engines can be easily repurposed for use in missiles.

Frustrated by the lack of sanctions relief after three summits with US President Donald Trump, North Korea has vowed an ominous "Christmas gift" if Washington does not come up with concessions by the end of the year.

Some analysts have suggested the North may be referring to an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Earlier this month the North announced it conducted what it called a "very important test" at the same site in Sohae.

"It's very likely that the North is going to fire something on Christmas day, and they may call it a rocket system when it actually is an ICBM," Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean defector and researcher in Seoul, told AFP.

"The tests at Sohae can be seen as a form of preparation for the launch -- whatever it will be -- on December 25."

- End-of-year deadline -

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had agreed to shutter the Sohae site during a summit last year with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang as part of trust-building measures.

Kim has also held three meetings with Trump since June 2018.

But his nuclear negotiations with Washington have been deadlocked since a summit in Hanoi broke up in February, and Pyongyang has issued a series of increasingly assertive comments in recent weeks as its deadline approaches.

The North this week criticised Washington as "foolish" for convening a UN Security Council meeting over growing concern about short-range rockets fired from the isolated state.

By arranging the meeting, Washington "decisively helped us make a definite decision on what way to choose," North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said.

Last week, the North's vice foreign minister warned of returning to a war of words with the US, threatening to resume referring to Trump as a "dotard" -- Pyongyang's nickname for the US leader at the height of tensions in 2017.

The comments came a day after Pyongyang said that if the US used military force against the North it would take "prompt corresponding actions at any level".

Back in 2017 North Korea announced it successfully tested an ICBM capable of reaching Alaska.

At the recent NATO summit, Trump boasted about Washington's "most powerful military", adding: "Hopefully, we don't have to use it, but if we do, we'll use it. If we have to, we'll do it."

Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at
Learn about missile defense at
All about missiles at
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once
credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly
paypal only

Pompeo hopes N.Korea abides by commitments
Washington (AFP) Dec 10, 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hope Tuesday that North Korea would not carry out a nuclear or long-range missile test while Pyongyang demands US concessions by year-end. Pompeo said that the United States was working to "try to develop places where we can communicate" with North Korea but stopped short of saying whether Washington would offer new proposals. He said that President Donald Trump has been "unambiguous about our expectation" after three meetings with North Korean leader Kim ... read more

Let's block ads! (Why?)

from Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
via space News
North Korea conducts 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site: KCNA North Korea conducts 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site: KCNA Reviewed by Unknown on 01:13:00 Rating: 5

No comments:

Defense Alert. Powered by Blogger.