Seoul, 14 December 2019 (dpa/MIA) – North Korea on Saturday said it carried out a fresh test at its satellite facility in the north of the country.
The test was carried out late Friday and was successful, the official news agency KCNA reported with mentioning details.
“Another crucial test was successfully conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground from on December 13, 2019,” KCNA said.
The latest tests were designed to maximise its “reliable strategic nuclear deterrent.” A week ago, the government in Pyongyang said it had carried out a “very important” test at the same site.
Progress on North Korean denuclearization has stalled after a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February which ultimately failed to resolve any issues.
The North Korean leadership has made clear it has no interest in new disarmament talks with the US as long as Washington refuses to lift sanctions. It set a deadline for the US for the end of the year.
Experts in South Korea fear that North Korea will lift its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear testing and long-range missile testing if no progress is made before the deadline.
Last week, the US reached out to North Korea to revisit stalled denuclearization talks but also put pressure on Pyongyang at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York. On Thursday, the US military conducted a flight test of a ground-launched ballistic missile from the coast of California.
North Korea labelled US criticism of its missile tests at the UN Security Council a “provocative act” in a statement by its Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang.
“By holding the meeting, the US did a foolish thing which will boomerang on it, and decisively helped us make a definite decision on what way to choose,” a spokesman was cited by North Korean state news agency KCNA as saying.