Did North Korea use missile launch to have a stronger hand for US nuclear talks?

North Korea’s decision to fire a ballistic missile on Wednesday, a day after agreeing to resume talks with the United States over its nuclear weapons programme, was most likely intended as way to increase its bargaining power with both Washington and Beijing, observers say.A “new-type SLBM [submarine-launched ballistic missile] Pukguksong-3” was fired from a location near Wonsan Bay, off the nation’s east coast in “vertical mode”, North Korean state news agency KCNA, said.The test “had no…

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