North Korea test-fires rocket launchers, then lashes out at Pompeo

This photo provided by the North Korean government shows military exercise at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY,KOREA NEWS SERVICE/AP
This photo provided by the North Korean government shows military exercise at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY,KOREA NEWS SERVICE/AP

North Korea test-fires rocket launchers, then lashes out at Pompeo

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea warned it has lost interest in nuclear talks with the United States on Monday, a day after the communist state test-fired what it called “super-large” multiple rocket launchers.

The challenges came as the North has stepped up military activity in recent weeks in what experts say is a bid by the regime to tighten its grip on power amid the coronavirus pandemic and to try to raise the price in negotiations.

The North accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “slander” for remarks last week in which he urged the international community to remain united in coaxing the North back to the negotiating table and in continuing to apply pressure on its nuclear and missile programs.

State-run media said Pompeo was going against the will of President Donald Trump, who professes a good relationship with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and sent a letter earlier this month offering help in fighting the coronavirus.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.624168

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