North Korean leader oversees new tactical weapons test, state media says

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18 April 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, state media said on Thursday, the North’s first public weapons test since a second summit with the United States ended without agreement in February, ONA reports citing Reuters.

The official KCNA agency did not describe exactly what weapon was tested on Wednesday, including whether it was a missile or another type of weapon. “Tactical” implies a short-range weapon rather than the long-range ballistic missiles that have been seen as a threat to the United States.

The weapon has a “peculiar mode of guiding flight” and “a powerful warhead”, KCNA said.

Kim said “the completion of the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power” of the North Korean army, according to KCNA.

A second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February failed to make any progress towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Sanctions against the North over its nuclear and missiles programs remain in place.

Kim Jong Un said in April 2018 North Korea would stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) because Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities had been verified.

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