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North Korea just tested new guided missile with powerful warhead

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested a new-type tactical guided weapon, according to the count..

By Sunday Herald Team , in World Update , at April 18, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested a new-type tactical guided weapon, according to the countrys state media.

The move could be an attempt to put pressure on an apparent deadlock in nuclear disarmament talks following a failed summit between the countrys leader and President Donald Trump earlier this year.

Jong Un observed the firing by the Academy of Defence Science of the unspecified weapon on Wednesday, the Norths state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea's test-fire of a "new-type tactical guided weapon," with a footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 18, 2019. North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," its state media announced Thursday, in a possible attempt to register displeasure with currently deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

It is North Koreas first public weapons test since the second US-North Korea summit in Hanoi ended with no agreement (Picture: AP)

People watch a TV news program reporting about North Korea's test-fire of a "new-type tactical guided weapon," with a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 18, 2019. North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," its state media announced Thursday, in a possible attempt to register displeasure with currently deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse. The part of letters read "Kim Jong Un, tactical guided weapon." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Kim Jong Un reportedly witnessed the testing (Picture: AP)

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Jong Un was reported to have said that the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the Peoples Army.

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The Norths report said the tactical guided weapon successfully tested in a peculiar mode of guiding flight and demonstrated the ability to deliver a powerful warhead.

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North Koreas claim has not yet been verified and its unsure what was actually tested.

It is likely not, however, a banned ballistic missile test, which would jeopardise the diplomatic talks meant to provide the North with concessions in return for disarmament.

A South Korean analyst said that details in the Norths media report indicate it could have been a new type of cruise missile.

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," its state media announced Thursday, April 18, a move that could be an attempt to register the country's displeasure with currently deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

It could be an attempt to put pressure on the US after the failed summit (Picture: AP)

FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," its state media announced Thursday, April 18, 2019, a move that could be an attempt to register the country's displeasure with currently deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Jong Un was reported to have said that the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the Peoples Army (Picture: AP)

Another possible clue could be one of the lower level officials mentioned in the Norths report on the test – Pak Jong Chon – who is known as an artillery official.

Its North Koreas first public weapons test since the second US summit in Hanoi ended with no agreement in February.

The move could be an attempt to show the countrys displeasure with the current deadlocked nuclear talks with the US without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse.

Trump said last month that he would be very disappointed if I saw testing.

Some in Seoul worry that the North will turn back to actions seen as provocative by outsiders as a way to force Washington to drop its hardline negotiating stance and grant the their demand for a removal of crushing international sanctions.

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FILE PHOTO: Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) are driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other high ranking officials during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. The missiles themselves were shown for the first time inside a new kind of canister-based launcher on Saturday. The trucks upon which they are mounted are originally designed to move lumber. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo

A string of increasingly powerful weapons were tested in 2017 (Picture: Reuters)

A view of what researchers of Beyond Parallel, a CSIS project, describe as specialized rail cars at the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center in North Pyongan Province, North Korea, in this commercial satellite image taken April 12, 2019 and released April 16, 2019. CSIS/Beyond Parallel/DigitalGlobe 2019 via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT

A view of what researchers of Beyond Parallel, a CSIS project, describe as specialised rail cars at the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center in North Pyongan Province (Picture: Reuters)

A string of increasingly powerful weapons tests in 2017 and Trumps response of fire and fury had many fearing war before the North shifted to diplomacy.

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As the diplomacy stalls, there have been fresh reports of new activity at a North Korean missile research centre and long-range rocket site where Pyongyang is believed to build missiles targeting the US mainland.

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North Korean media said on Wednesday that Jong Un guided a flight drill of combat pilots from an air force and anti-aircraft unit tasked with defending the capital Pyongyang from an attack.

During a speech at his rubber-stamp parliament last week, Jong Un set the years end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage diplomacy.

The North said on Thursday that JoRead More – Source

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