North Korea’s Academy of Defence Science has conducted the test firing of a new tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, April 17.
North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, supervised the test launch, according to the state news agency, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). He was accompanied by Kím Phyong Hae, O Su Yong Jo Yong Won, Ri Pyong Chol, Kim Jong sik and other senior officials of the Party Central Committee and commanding officers of the Korean People’s Army including Kim Su Gil, Ri Yong Gil, No Kwang Chol, Pak Jong Chon and Pak Kwang Ju.
The weapon has a “peculiar mode of guiding flight” and “a powerful warhead”, KCNA said. The report did not state exactly what kind of weapon was tested, nor its potential range.
This is North Korea’s first public weapons test since a second summit with the United States ended without agreement in February.