North Korea announces that it carried an important test

epa07887847 (FILE) - South Korean people watch breaking news reports of North Korea's missile launch at Seoul Station in Seoul, South Korea, 10 August 2019 (reissued 02 October 2019). According to media reports, North Korea tested a projectile suspected to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile on 02 October. The projectile apparently reached an altitude of 910km before landing in the Sea of Japan. EPA-EFE/JEON HEON-KYUN

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North Korea said it had conducted another test at a satellite launch site on Friday to bolster its strategic nuclear deterrence, North Korean state media outlet KCNA reported on Saturday.

The test was conducted at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea’s Academy of Defense Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred. It was the second such test at the facility in the last week.

KCNA on Sunday said that North Korea had carried out a “very important” test on Dec. 7 at the Sohae satellite launch site, a rocket-testing facility that U.S. officials once said North Korea had promised to close.

That KCNA report called that event a “successful test of great significance.” South Korea’s defense minister Jeong Keong-doo said it was an engine test.

The reported tests come ahead of a year-end deadline North Korea has put forth for the United States to drop its insistence on unilateral denuclearization.

Via CNBC / Reuters 

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