China urges United States to 'make efforts' on North Korea — Maximum pressure

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

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

However, the projectile launch soon after Choe's statement is being interpreted as one more attempt by North Korea to gain leverage and build pressure on starting the dialogue.

Trump has received plaudits and criticisms for his willingness to engage Kim Jong Un directly in three meetings since June past year, the first between leaders of two countries that have remained in a technical state of hostilities since the 1950-53 Korean War. 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. The JCS didn't immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.

The third-generation leader has praised past launches, including the August 24 test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher", as great successes.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher in North Korea, in this undated photo released on September 10, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The launch followed an offer by the North to resume talks with the United States later this month.

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US President Donald Trump called North Korea's announcement "interesting". "We'll see what happens".

Many North Korea watchers said Trump's decision to oust his hardline national security adviser John Bolton could boost chances for new talks. After their latest meeting, the US said Kim had agreed to begin detailed negotiations by mid-July. DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

Choe Son Hui, deputy director general of the Department of US Affairs of North Korea Foreign Ministry, briefs journalists outside the North Korean embassy in Beijing, China, June 23, 2016.

"The recent test-fire was in full line with its goal, and served as a chance to clearly decide the next stage towards completing the weapons system", the news agency said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test-firing of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" on Tuesday, the country's state-run media reported Wednesday.

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"What remains to be done is running fire test which is most vivid character in terms of the power of multiple rocket launcher", KCNA mentioned.

In addition, the photos reveal that North Korea was able to test three rockets even though South Korean and the USA military authorities only detected the launch of two.

It was a huge embarrassment for the young North Korean leader, who made a dayslong train trip to the Vietnamese capital to obtain the sanctions relief he needs to revitalize his country's troubled economy.

Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been gridlocked since a second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in February ended without a deal.

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