N. Korea: Kim supervised new rocket test

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un supervised testing of new rocket system Friday, the Korean Central News Agency said Saturday. File Photo by KCNA

Aug. 3 (UPI) — North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong-un supervised recent test of its new rocket system.

Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that Kim supervised the test-fire.

Kim guided the firing of the “newly-developed large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system,” Friday morning, which “aimed to examine the altitude control flight performance, track control capability and rate of hits of the large-caliber multiple launch guided ordnance rocket,” KCNA said.

“The test-fire satisfactorily confirmed the altitude control level flight performance, track changing capability, accuracy of hitting a target and warhead explosion power of the guided ordnance rocket.”

North Korea’s leader “expressed great satisfaction” over the result of the test, KCNA added.

A day prior to the KCNA report, North Korea fired unidentified short-ranged projectiles off South Korea east coast, South Korea’s military said, as its third launch in a week.

North Korea also fired two projectiles from the new multiple rocket launcher system Friday, contradicting Seoul and Washington’s assessment that they were short-range ballistic missiles.

The North’s foreign ministry issued a statement Friday describing its latest launches as “conventional weaponry development” and criticizing Britain, France and Germany for condemning its recent missile launches as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Decision to suspend nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests is “goodwill and consideration for dialogue partner,” not “part of acts to recognize” U.N. resolutions, the spokesperson said.

President Donald Trump said he had no problem with the launches because there had been no agreement with North Korea on short-range missiles.

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