Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency said the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, oversaw the testing of the weapon this week. It’s unclear what type of weapon it is, but KCNA said it had a “powerful warhead” and a “peculiar mode of guiding flight,” according to Yonhap News.
“The completion of the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power,” Kim reportedly said through KCNA.
Experts said the phrasing of KCNA’s statement appears to show that the weapon was not a long-range missile and that if a missile had been fired the American military would have already known. An American defense official told CNN that
North Korea has
Trump has repeatedly touted his administration’s efforts to rein in the North’s missile program, saying
Kim alluded last week that any further breakdown in negotiations with the United States
Trump said on Twitter after the comments that he still believed his relationship with Kim was “
“I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!” the president wrote.