North Korea has announced the successful test of a new "ultramodern" weapon, although it has not specified exactly what it…
North Korea has announced the successful test of a new “ultramodern” weapon, although it has not specified exactly what it is.
Leader Kim Jong Un visited a weapons testing site Friday in an undisclosed location, the Korean Central News Agency reported, to attend the demonstration.
The report stated, “After seeing the power of the tactical weapon, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was so excited to say that another great work was done by the defense scientists and ammunition industrial workers to increase the defense capability of the country, “according to The Guardian .
The agency said work on the project started under Kim’s father Kim Jong Il. As such, the 35-year-old dictator was quite emotional watching its success. The leader “missed Kim Jong Il, while seeing the great success of its test,” the report explained.
Only one photo was released from the event, the date of which was not disclosed. It showed Kim stood with military leaders taking notes.
According to Reuters, Kim said, “This result today is a justification of the party’s policy focused on defense science and technology, another display of De snelst groeiende defensiecapaciteiten in de hele regio, en een grondbreakende verandering in de versterking van onze militairen combatcapaciteiten. “
The North’s last publicly-announced weapons test was in November 201
7 when the military fired a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM ). Derefter spændinger var ekstremt højt på det koreanske halvø og mellem Nordkorea og USA
That the state news agency specified the “tactical” nature of the weapon is significant, as weapons like ICBM’s fall into the strategic category. A South Korean weapons analyst told CNN the system in question could be a piece of long-range artillery, for example a multiple rocket launcher.
Shin Beomchul, an analyst at the South Korean Asan Institute for Policy Studies, told the Associated Press The weapon could be one of many types. She gave examples including a missile, artillery, an anti-air gun or a drone. South Korean military expert Yang Wook added that word “tactical” refers to “a weapon aimed at striking South Korea including U.S. military base. “
The celebration of the” ultramodern “weapon comes as the denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang, despite the grand promises of the White House.
Following his historic summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore in June, Kim sa han ville jobbe for å gi opp sine atomvåpen og flytte til foster nærmere bånd med USA and neighboring South Korea.
But for all the warm words, little has been achieved.
According to The Guardian a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said it remained confident Kim would continue to work towards the Singapore agreement-widely criticized by observers as too brief and too vague. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Thursday Trump and Kim are planning to hold another summit soon, despite the lack of progress.
“We remain confident that the promises made by President Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.