North Korean claims test of new weapon

First Since Vietnam Summit With Trump

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North Korean claims test of new weapon, powerful warhead, First Since Vietnam Summit With Trump, fires a new tactical guided weapon. Last year, Kim Jong Un had said North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a “powerful warhead”, state media reported on Thursday, in the first test of its kind since nuclear negotiations with Washington stalled.

KCNA did not describe exactly what the weapon is, including whether it was a missile or another type of weapon, but "tactical" implies a short-range weapon, as opposed to the long-range ballistic missiles that have been seen as a threat to the United States.

The agency says Kim mounted an observation post to learn about the test-fire of the new-type tactical guided weapon and guide the test-fire. The announcement came after reports of new activity at a North Korean missile research center and long-range rocket site where the North is believed to build long-range missiles targeting the US mainland.

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