North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un oversees first weapons test since failed US-North Korea summit

Last Updated: Apr 18 2019 17:04
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SEOUL- State Media on Thursday said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, the North`s first public weapons test since a second summit with the United States ended without agreement in February. 

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) did not describe exactly what weapon was tested on Wednesday, including whether it was a missile or another type of weapon. "Tactical" implies a short-range weapon rather than the long-range ballistic missiles that have been seen as a threat to the United States. 

The weapon has a "peculiar mode of guiding flight" and "a powerful warhead", KCNA said. 

Kim said, "the completion of the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power" of the North Korean army, according to KCNA.

Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University`s Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said the description that the test was "conducted in various modes of firing at different targets" likely meant that it could be launched from the ground, sea and air.

"It's highly likely that it`s a short-range cruise missile that can be transformed into a surface, an air-to-surface, an air-to-ship, a ship-to-ship, as well as a surface-to-surface cruise missile," Kim Dong-yub said.