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Kim 'can't suppress his passionate joy' at success of new weapon test

Kim 'can't suppress his passionate joy' at success of new weapon test”

North Korea's claim last week that it had tested an unidentified "ultramodern tactical weapon" highlighted its desire to upgrade its conventional arms and reassure its military even as talks are under way to end its nuclear program, analysts said.

South Korea will make the necessary preparations for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's visit to Seoul.

The KCNA added that the North Korean politician is also slated to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on December 1.

Even if the test was a message for Washington and Seoul, Friday's report from the North was noticeably less belligerent than past announcements of weapons tests, and didn't focus on North Korean claims of US and South Korean hostility.

North Korea released three US citizens in May ahead of a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

And last month South Korean foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha suggested that North Korea would be willing to permanently dismantle their nuclear facilities at Yongbyon in return for such a political declaration by the United States.

Trump had previously threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if Kim continued to test missiles and nuclear weapons. However, it is the North that is suffering under the sanctions and Kim Jong-un seems to be increasingly impatient about them.

A man by the same name was deported from South Korea in November 2017 after attempting to cross into North Korea.

Yang Wook, a Seoul-based military expert, said a "tactical weapon" in North Korea refers to "a weapon aimed at striking South Korea including USA military bases" there, so the North may have tested a short-range missile or a multiple rocket launch system. The testing of the highly developed weapon has occurred in a sensitive time period, with United States hopes for nuclear disarmament and Pyongyang's recent release an American prisoner.

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What does a new "tactical" weapon mean for the North Korean denuclearization process?

"It's North Korea-style coercive diplomacy".

The North's decision matches its general push for engagement and diplomacy with the United States this year after a string of weapons tests in 2017, and a furious USA response, had some fearing war on the Korean Peninsula. Eugene Lee, spokeswoman of South Korea's Unification Ministry, declined to comment on Kim's inspection of the weapons test.

The newspaper said Japanese intelligence officials had confirmed Oh's identity.

He later hailed the test as a "decisive turn in bolstering the fighting capacity" of the North's military.

Pompeo had in October met again with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and said the meeting was "productive". Both the United States and the South Korean government downplayed the weapons test, but Adam Mount, a member of the Federation of American Scientists, disagreed. But the agreement was short on specifics, and negotiations have made little headway since.

It said the test was successful but did not specify the type of device involved.

"The U.S. will relax sanctions once the U.S. comes to terms that the sanctions are not really working on North Korea", he said.

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