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North Korea test fires new tactical guided weapon

Mukul : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2019-04-18 9:00:53 AM     ||     Updated: 2019-04-19 5:25:50 PM

International Desk: North Korea says it has test-fired a new "tactical guided weapon" with a "powerful warhead", the first such test since talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un ended without agreement.

State media gave few details, but analysts say this is unlikely to be a return to the long-range missile tests seen as a threat to the US.

A similar test last November was seen as an attempt to pressure the US.
There has been little progress in nuclear talks since the last summit.

In February, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi to discuss denuclearisation, but discussions broke down and both leaders left abruptly.

Last week, Mr Kim said Mr Trump needed to have the "right attitude" for talks to continue.

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the test was overseen by Mr Kim himself.

KCNA reported that the test was "conducted in various modes of firing at different targets", which analysts believe mean the weapon could be launched from land, sea or air.

Mr Kim said the development was "of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People's Army".

The report gave few other details, so it's not even clear if this was a type of missile - but most observers agree it is likely to be a short-range weapon.

Last year, the North Korean leader said he would stop nuclear testing and would no longer launch intercontinental ballistic missiles, as Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities had been "verified".

Source: Agencies

risingbd/April 18, 2019/Mukul