North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Supervises Test Of ‘New Ultramodern Weapon’
The Korean Central News Agency, which essentially acts as a PR arm of the Kim regime, announced on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had visited a test site to supervise a “newly developed ultramodern weapon”.
This marked the first announcement of continued weapons development since he began a rapprochement with the United States and South Korea earlier this year.
The project, according to the state media, had been started under Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong Un, it reported, “missed Kim Jong-il very much while seeing the great success of its test.”
The Korean Central News Agency did not specify the exact type of weapon or when the test occurred, but the public declaration comes as talks with the US over the North’s nuclear program stall. North Korea has said it would suspend nuclear and missile tests as part of its push to improve relations with Washington, and Kim has said he is focused on improving the North’s crippled economy.
“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 defence scientists and munitions industrial workers to increase the defence capability of the country,” the report said.
State media said the project was begun under Kim’s father, former leader Kim Jong-il, and that the younger Kim “missed Kim Jong-il very much while seeing the great success of its test”.
A single photo accompanying the story showed Kim surrounded by military leaders taking notes, and no weapons were pictured. The last weapons test to be publicly announced was the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017, before a dramatic thaw in tensions on the Korean peninsula.
A spokesperson for the US state department said the US was confident that Kim would keep to the agreement made during during his summit with Donald Trump in Singapore in June.
“We remain confident that the promises made by President Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled,” the spokesman said in a statement.