The North Korean military test fired a “new type tactical guided weapon” Wednesday under the supervision of leader Kim Jong Un, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA, as quoted by South Korean news agency Yonhap.
“Saying that the completion of the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army, [Kim] noted that it is a very good thing that the field of national defense science has waged a dynamic struggle for attaining core research goals,” KCNA said.
“After watching the power of the new-type tactical guided weapon, [Kim] pointed out that our national defense scientists and workers in the field of the munitions industry performed another great work in increasing the country’s defense capabilities,” KCNA said.
It was not clear from the report whether the weapon tested was actually a missile; however, the Trump administration appeared to show no alarm over the test, indicating there was no apparent violation of North Korea’s agreed-upon moratorium on missile and nuclear testing.
North Korea and American officials are currently discussing the possibility of a third summit to be scheduled between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
But Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may have preempted that meeting – he is slated to meet for the first time with the North Korean dictator sometime next week in Moscow.