North Korea test-fires new weapon with ‘powerful warhead’

North Korea has test-fired a new tactical guided weapon – the first launch since a summit with the US ended without an agreement in Vietnam in February.

The secretive nation’s leader Kim Jong Un saw the event and hailed it as having “very weighty significance”.

But state media did not say whether it was a missile. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed it had a “peculiar mode of guiding flight” and “a powerful warhead”.

However the word “tactical” implied a short-range weapon, and not the long-range ballistic missiles that have been seen as a threat to the US.

After a failed nuclear disarmament summit in Hanoi between Mr Kim and President Donald Trump earlier this year, the two sides have had little reported contact.

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