North Korea, which has threatened to deliver a "Christmas present" to Washington if stalled nuclear talks are not revived by the end of the year, said on Saturday it had "another crucial test" at its long-range rocket launch site. .
An unnamed spokesman for the North Korean Academy of Defense Sciences said the success of the most recent tests "will be applied to further strengthen the reliable strategic strategic deterrent of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea."
The test possibly involved technologies to improve the intercontinental ballistic missiles that could hit the American continent.
North Korea did not run the seven-minute Friday night test at the Sohae Satellite Launch Site. Six days after North Korea conducted what it called a "very important test" at the same location.
South Korea has confirmed that the North tested a rocket engine last week, according to Yonhap, the South Korean news agency.
North Korea's latest military movements follow paralyzed nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea and the collapse of the Hanoi summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in February.
The last two worchestra negotiations between the two countries in Stockholm ended in October with little progress. North Korea demanded that Washington abandon its "hostile policy" towards Pyongyang before resuming denuclearization negotiations.
North Korea warned that it could step out of already shaky nuclear talks with the US and take a "new path" if the deadline is not met.
Trump, who hailed the suspension of North Korean nuclear or long-range missile testing as a major US diplomatic achievement, warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un not to interfere with his reelection bid, saying Pyongyang could lose. "all". "
The latest test comes two days before a planned visit to Seoul by top US nuclear envoy Stephen Biegun in an apparent effort to maintain talks with North Korea.
North Korea has conducted a series of weapons tests in recent months, mainly involving short-range missiles. The most recent was on November 28, when Pyongyang tested its super-large multiple rocket launcher.
The test last month was the 13th time since May that it launched projectiles of any kind, including likely ballistic missiles, according to Yonhap.
UN Security Council resolutions prohibit Pyongyang from developing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. In 2017, the North fired two ballistic missiles at Japan.
The latest test follows US Ambassador Kelly Craft's remarks at a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, in which she criticized Northern ballistic testing activity, saying the tests were "profoundly counterproductive." She said they risk closing the door to the prospects for peace negotiations. .
Craft also cited North Korean evidence of "a resumption of serious provocation," which she said could launch space vehicles using long-range ballistic missile technology or test ICBMs, "which are designed to attack the continental United States with nuclear weapons. "
While Craft said the Trump administration was "prepared to be flexible" and took concrete, parallel steps toward a deal to resume talks, North Korea described its comments as a "hostile provocation" and warned that Washington may have squandered it. your chance to save the country. fragile nuclear diplomacy.
Contribution: Associated Press