North Korea tested new 'tactical guided weapon'

The country has not tested any strategic weapons, such as nuclear devices or long-range missiles since late 2017

Photo: EPA North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un inspected and directed a "new tactical guided weapons firing test" Wednesday, according to a report from the country's state media. The report, did not state exactly what kind of weapon was tested, nor its potential range.

The description provided by KCNA, however, suggests that it was test-fired at various targets, carried a "powerful warhead" and had a "peculiar mode of guiding flight."

"The development and completion of this weapons system will be a great historic event in strengthening the combat capability of the People's Army," Kim Jong-un said, according to KCNA.

Experts, however, state that the new weapon test does not represent a return to missile testing for the regime - a tactical weapon is designed to be used on the battlefield, and is typically not a long-range armament. Yet, the move marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year and comes less than two months after the collapse of nuclear talks between the two sides in Vietnam.

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