The Korean Central News Agency, run by the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the North Korean government, has announced that it has test fired a new tactical guided weapon.
“[T]he development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army.”Kim Jong-un – Associated Press April 17th, 2019
While it’s not clear if this test falls under the current ban on ballistic missile testing imposed by the United States, Time Magazine says that there have been recent reports of activity at missile research cites known for working on technology designed to target the United States. This unverified test maybe related.
Multiple news sources are reporting that the White House is aware of the test and has no comment at this time.
President Donald Trump has been pushing a narrative for many months through his Twitter account and at various fundraising events, that he has significantly changed relations with North Korth Korea to the point that there has been no more testing.
“Kim Jong Un says North Korea will not make or test nuclear weapons, or give them to others – & he is ready to meet President Trump anytime.” PBS News Hour. I also look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019
It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2019
I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand. North Korea has tremendous potential for…….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
….extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019