North Korea's Kim ‘oversees test-fire of tactical weapon’
Tehran (KNA) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has overseen the test-firing of a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” North Korean state media report, the first public test since the collapse of a second round of top-level negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced in a report on Thursday that the test-firing had been personally overseen by Kim from an observation post.
The KCNA said the North Korean leader “climbed the observation post to observe the new tactical guided weapons firing test plan and gave directions.”
The report added that the test, which was “conducted by various firing method[s] on... different targets, had perfectly proved the design specifications of this tactical guided weapon which is evaluated to be superior due to its special flight guidance method and powerful warheads.”
The report did not specify the kind of the weapon tested or its potential range. There was also no indication that the test involved a nuclear detonation or an intercontinental ballistic missile since “tactical” implies a short-range weapon rather than a long-range armament, according to the KCNA.