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North Korea open to nuclear talks after removal of 'war maniac' Bolton

North Korea tested ‘super-large’ rocket launcher North Korea open to nuclear talks after removal of 'war maniac' Bolton
Deanna Wagner | 12 September, 2019, 21:28

Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at Washington's Center 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.

The latest weapons test came just hours after North Korea offered to resume nuclear talks with the United States.

The North Korean leader reportedly said the launches helped verify the technical parameters of their new launch system and now they only need to test its multiple-launch capability. signaling that it may fire more projectiles in the future.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "gave field guidance to the test-fire of super-large multiple rocket launcher again on Tuesday", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

Choe's statement was apparently aimed at pressuring the United States to make concessions when the North Korea-U.S. talks restart.

On Tuesday, South Korea's military said that the North fired two short-range projectiles eastward from its western region, saying both flew about 330 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 50-60 km.

"Someone asked, would the policy be different absent any individual being here", Pompeo said to reporters at the White House.

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Kim, who has suspended testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles while engaged in talks with the US, has given Trump until the end of the year to ease up on sanctions choking his state's anemic economy.

US -led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of nuclear weapons collapsed after the second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February ended without any agreement due to disputes over USA -led sanctions on the North. Kim and Trump met again at a Korean border village in late June and agreed to resume talks.

"We'll see what happens", Trump said.

North Korea has denounced Bolton as a "war maniac" and "human scum". Last year, it threatened to call off a first summit between Kim and Trump after Bolton suggested the Libya model of unilateral disarmament.

Although US President Donald Trump has played down previous tests this year, saying he did not believe short-range missiles violated any agreements, his now-ousted national security adviser John Bolton had said that even short-range launches by North Korea are banned under United Nations resolutions.

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.

South Korea's presidential office declined to comment on Bolton's departure.