North Korea conducts 'crucial test' at its Sohae satellite launch site

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Chief of General Staff Pak Jon Chon said North Korea was using recent tests to develop new strategic weapons

North Korea has conducted another "crucial test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported Saturday, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline approaching.
The announcement comes a day before US Special Envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun is set to arrive in Seoul for a three-day visit, and after the United States tested a medium-range ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.
"Another crucial test was successfully conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground from 22:41 to 22:48 on December 13," a spokesman for the North's National Academy of Defence Science said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

The "research successes" will be "applied to further bolstering up the reliable strategic nuclear deterrent" of North Korea, the spokesman added. No further details on the test were provided.
Late on Saturday the Chief of General Staff Pak Jon Chon said North Korea was using recent tests to develop new technologies and strategic weapons,"The priceless data, experience and new technologies gained in the recent tests of defense science research will be fully applied to the development of another strategic weapon," he said in a statement, also carried by KCNA.
"It's very likely that the North is going to fire something on Christmas day, and they may call it a rocket system when it actually is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)," Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean defector and researcher in Seoul, told AFP.
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It's looking like "The Little Dumpling of Doom" (thanks Margery) is not going to take this opportunity to save his country and himself.

It seems that his ego is as big as he is. I also suspect that this is a big part of Asian culture.