North Korea carries out ‘very important’ test at once-dismantled launch site: KCNA

North Korea has carried out a very important test at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media KCNA reported on Sunday, a rocket testing ground that US officials once said Pyongyang had promised to close.

The reported test comes as a year-end deadline North Korea has imposed nears, warning it could take a new path amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States. The KCNA report called it a successful test of great significance on Saturday but did not specify what was tested. South Korea's defense ministry said South Korea and the United States are cooperating closely in monitoring activities at major North Korean sites including Tongchang-ri, the area where Sohae is located.

Missile experts said it appeared likely the North Koreans had conducted a static test of a rocket engine, rather than a missile launch, which are usually quickly detected by neighboring South Korea and Japan.

Source: VOV5