Published: Thu, April 18, 2019

North Korea test-fires a new tactical guided weapon

North Korea test-fires a new tactical guided weapon

The country's leader inspected and directed a "new tactical guided weapons firing test", according to a report published Wednesday evening by North Korea's new agency KCNA.

On Monday, Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed aside this demand with Pompeo saying Kim should keep his promise to give up his nuclear weapons before then.

The test is a sign of defiance by Kim Jong Un after stalemate in the high-stakes denuclearization talks.

"I don't see this [weapons test] as a provocation", former United States diplomat Jim Jatras told RT America. "I think they feel that their expectations from Trump are not being met and this is their way of saying, 'Hey, guys, listen, we're still serious about this'".

The summit ended abruptly with Trump leaving ahead of schedule without a reaching a deal.

US national security adviser John Bolton said in a Bloomberg News interview on Wednesday the United States needed to see "a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons" before a third summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Leader Kim Jong-un reportedly called it an "event of very weighty significance".


"We just like each other", Trump said at the time. We got our hostages back.

Trump is running for re-election to the US presidency in 2020.

Since then North Korea has said it is mulling options for its diplomacy with the United States and Kim said last week he was open to talks with Trump only if Washington came with the "proper attitude".

"The air of peace that has arrived on the Korean Peninsula is not stable, nor have the aggressions of the hostile forces disappeared", Kim said.

Moon on Monday proposed a fourth summit with Kim Jong-un soon.

Quoting diplomatic sources, Russian paper Izvestia reported Wednesday Kim is expected to meet with Putin next week. Putin will meet Kim before he attends an global forum in Beijing from April 26-29. For the last two months, the negotiations have stalled.

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