North Korea Tests New Weapon System

Posted on April 18, 2019

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 viewed 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 was probably 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”.
Nuclear activity appears to be continuing, however, and satellite images at North Korea’s main nuclear site last week showed movement, suggesting the country could be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel.

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