North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un had overseen the test of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon.”
What are the details?
The Korean Central News Agency, which essentially acts as a PR arm of the Kim regime, announced on Thursday that Kim had overseen the test.
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 defense scientists and munitions industrial workers to increase the defense capability of the country.
The project, according to North Korean 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.”
This was the first weapon that North Korea has tested, at least publicly, since November 2017.
What did the U.S. say?
In a statement, a spokesman for the State Department said that despite the test, “We remain confident that the promises made by President Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled.”
Also on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that a second summit between Kim and President Trump would happen even if the Kim regime did not turn over a list of all its nuclear weapons and test sites.
This comes after reports that North Korea has not only failed to reduce its nuclear aresenal as promised, but it has continued to improve and develop it.
In his interview with NBC News on Thursday, Pence said that sanctions would remain in place until North Korean promises to disarm were met.
In early November, the North Korean government said that it would resume development of its nuclear program if sanctions weren't reduced. North Korea has also urged the U.S. to formally sign a treaty to end the Korean War.
At their initial summit in June, Trump and Kim signed a statement that read:
President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The North Korean regime has promised to denuclearize and the reneged on that promise at least six times: in 1985, 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007, and 2012.