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North Korea conducts new test of ‘super-large’ rocket launcher: KCNA

SEOUL: North Korea has carried out a "successful" new test of its "super-large multiple rocket launcher" system, state media said on Friday (Nov 1) – the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang.

South Korea's military said on Thursday that the North had launched two short-range projectiles from South Pyongan province. They each flew approximately 370 kilometres.

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Map locating South Pyongan province in North Korea, site where two projectiles were launched on Oct 31, 2019. (AFP)

It was the latest in a series of launches by the North but the first since Oct 2, when it fired a sea-launched missile.

If confirmed, a submarine-based missile capability would change the military balance on the Korean peninsula.

Thursday's test was conducted to "verify the security of launchers' continuous fire system," the state Korean Central News Agency reported from Pyongyang.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who had personally supervised previous tests of the "super-large" system, "expressed satisfaction … and sent congratulations" to the team involved, KCNA said.

Nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington are currently at a standstill.

Pyongyang is under multiple sets of international sanctions over its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes, which it says it needs to defend against a possible US invasion.

It is demanding the easing of the measures and has repeatedly urged Washington to come forward with a new offer by the end of this year.

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