North Korea fires 2 projectiles after offering talks with US

North Korea fires unidentified projectiles toward East Sea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised a fresh test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" system, state media said Wednesday - the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang.

North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new USA proposals.

Kim said the North was apparently trying to increase its bargaining power by pairing its dialogue offer with short-range launches, sending a message to Trump that it could potentially tests bigger weapons if the United States refuses to make major concessions.

The launches came after North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-hui on Monday said that Pyongyang was willing to have "comprehensive discussions" with the U.S. at the end of this month at a time and place to be agreed.

Numerous latest missiles launched by North Korea appear to be new types created to evade interception by US, South Korean and Japanese missile-defense systems.

North Korea is due to come into focus when the UN General Assembly meeting starts next week in NY, after a UN Security Panel report said Pyongyang was violating sanctions to help fund its weapons programme.

Wang did not mention North Korea's recent weapons tests.

North Korea is widely believed to want the United States to provide it with security guarantees and extensive relief from USA -led sanctions in return for limited denuclearization steps.

He says he doesn't believe short-range missiles violate any agreements.

It also released photos of the test that showed a smiling Kim, who has been on hand for nearly all of his state's series of missiles and weapon tests that started in May, standing by a launcher.

President Donald Trump has played down this year's tests.

Tuesday's weapons test was the eighth round of launches by North Korea since late July.

The test appeared to be of 600 mm caliber multiple-launch rocket system that North Korea first introduced last month, said Ankit Panda, an adjunct senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists.

"The timing could be convenient for US diplomacy with North Korea", said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Seoul's Ewha University.

Pyongyang said on Monday that it was willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach.

It was a huge embarrassment for the young North Korean leader, who made a dayslong train trip to the Vietnamese capital to obtain the sanctions relief he needs to revitalize his country's troubled economy.

Trump and Kim agreed then to restart working-level negotiations for denuclearization talks that have been stalled since an unsuccessful second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi in February.



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