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North Korea tests ‘super-large’ rocket launcher again

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised a fresh test of a “super-large multiple rocket launcher” system, state media said on Wednesday — the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang.

South Korea’s military said on Tuesday that the North had launched “unidentified projectiles” from the Kaechon area in South Pyongan province. They flew approximately 330 km.

The launch came shortly after Pyongyang said it was willing to hold working-level talks on denuclearisation later this month with the U.S.

Mr. Kim “gave field guidance” for Tuesday’s test, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

The “super-large multiple rocket launcher” was tested in an exercise observed by Mr. Kim about two weeks ago.

The KCNA report said the test was aimed at “measuring the time of combat deployment” and implied another test could follow. “What remains to be done is running fire test which is most vivid character in terms of the power of multiple rocket launcher,” KCNA said.

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