North Korea touts new ‘super-large’ rocket launching system
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Sunday that it tested a new “super-large multiple rocket launcher system” the day before, showing off its growing arsenal amid stalled nuclear talks with the United States.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the launch, calling it a “great weapon” and praising the “young national defense scientists” who developed it from scratch, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
Tensions also rose on another front, as South Korea began a two-day military exercise asserting its control over a cluster of islets that are also claimed by Japan.
The drills, conducted twice a year, followed Seoul’s announcement that it was withdrawing from a military intelligence sharing agreement with Japan due to an escalating trade spat between the two U.S. allies.
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