North Korea claims success in 'very important test'

A South Korean sentry post and a North Korean one facing each other across the border in Paju Gyeonggi-do South Korea. Activity at the North's Sohae rocket launch facility includes what appears to be a newly arrived shipping container

'Very important': N Korea carries out test at rocket launch site

North Korea conducted a "very important test" on Sunday at its Sohae satellite launch site, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked.

At a press conference after their meeting, Trump said Kim had agreed to destroy "a major missile engine testing site."

"The Academy of the National Defence Science of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made a report on the results of the successful test of great significance to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea", the short dispatch by the official Korean Central News Agency said without revealing details of what exactly was tested Saturday.

It didn't say what the test included.

Experts think the test could have been a solid-fuel engine used for ICBMs.

West Sea satellite launch was a very serious test.

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In a statement translated on the state news agency, Ri Thae Song, a first vice minister at the North Korean Foreign Ministry working on U.S. affairs, accused USA policy makers of leveraging talks with Kim Jong Un for domestic political gain, according to CNN.

The envoy also criticized Washington for persistently pursuing a "hostile policy" towards North Korea in an alleged attempt to "stifle" the DPRK.

"Kim Jong Un promised to denuclearize North Korea", O'Brien said. Ri Thae Song, a North Korean vice foreign minister handling U.S. affairs, said in a statement last week that Trump was running out of time to salvage the negotiations.

On Saturday, Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed developments related to North Korea, and the two leaders committed to continuing close communication, the White House said in a statement.

During his term, Trump has met with the North Korean leader three times in an effort to persuade him to give up nuclear weapons. "With the activity at Sohae, Pyongyang is also trying to raise worldwide concerns that it may intensify provocations and walk away from denuclearization talks next year".

Kelly Craft, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the Security Council is united in its alarm over repeated missile tests by North Korea.

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But experts think it was a solid fuel engine.

Many diplomats, analysts and United States officials have long doubted North Korea's willingness to negotiate away a nuclear program it has invested decades and a large proportion of limited national resources in creating.

A satellite image from Thursday shows activity at its Sohae Launch Facility, which leader Kim Jong Un once said he had dismantled in a concession to Trump.

In a recent closed consultation on North Korea at the council, several diplomats expressed increased concern, with Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière of France suggesting the Korean peninsula may be the most volatile and risky issue that needs to be tackled by a united council.

Last week, North Korea launched two "unidentified projectiles" on the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked.

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

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