Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Korea: Pyongyang Conducts 10th Weapons Test of 2019

North Korea: Pyongyang Conducts 10th Weapons Test of 2019

In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a multiple rocket launcher site at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

It is North Korea's tenth round of weapons tests since early May, when Pyongyang resumed launching ballistic missiles following a year-and-a-half hiatus. A senior U.S. administration official said the United States is monitoring the situation and consulting with allies.

Trump was asked about the offer while speaking to reporters at the White House and as he often does, mentioned his "good relationship" with Kim.

In April, Kim set a year-end deadline for the United States to show more flexibility in talks, which broke down in February over USA demands for North Korea to give up all of its nuclear weapons and Pyongyang's demands for relief from punishing U.S. -led global sanctions.

The launches happened just hours after a top North Korean diplomat working on nuclear negotiations with the United States said Pyongyang would be open to resuming talks with Washington. The talks in Hanoi broke down over North Korea's demands for extensive sanctions relief in exchange for what the Trump administration said were insufficient steps toward denuclearization.

"I want to believe that the USA side would come out with an alternative based on a calculation method that serves both sides' interests and is acceptable to us", Choe said.

In the late-night statement carried by state media, Choe said North Korea is willing to sit down with the United States "for comprehensive discussions in late September of the issues we have so far taken up, at a time and place to be agreed".

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North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has observed the test-launches of a super-large multiple rocket launcher.

North Korea has been separated from South Korea since 1945.

Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at Washington's Centre for the National Interest think tank, said Trump was now free to find a national security adviser opposed to wars of regime change and willing to back a diplomatic track with North Korea.

But nothing has occurred since then to indicate that North Korea has been dismantling its nuclear arsenal. "We consider this a serious problem and will continue to monitor the development, while ensuring the functioning of warning and surveillance activity". North Korea also raised tensions by test-firing several short-range ballistic missiles during the summer.

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

The "running fire test" suggested that a so-called shoot-and-scoot operational test may be in the cards.

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