N Korea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

A view of what researchers describe as a probably 20 ft shipping container near the uranium enrichment plant at the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center in North Pyongan Province North Korea

North Korea reportedly tests new tactical guided weapon

North Korea on Thursday demanded that the United States remove the secretary of state from future negotiations after Pompeo apparently encouraged Trump to stand firm and walk away from a summit with Kim in Hanoi in February.

The North's official KCNA news agency said foreign ministry official Kwon Jong Gun made the comment about Pompeo. Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, visited Russian Federation in 2011.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Vladivostok next week and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

I am afraid that if Pompeo engages in the talks again, the table will be lousy once again and the talks will become entangled.

North Korea has since said it is mulling options for its diplomacy with the United States, and Kim said last week he was open to talks with Trump only if Washington came with the "proper attitude".

The statement came shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new tactical guided weapon, North Korea's first weapon test since a summit between him and Trump broke down in late February.

The test was announced after satellite images from last week were released showing activity at North Korea's main nuclear site. Some observers have been expecting North Korea to orchestrate "low-level provocations", like artillery or short-range missile tests, to register its anger over the way nuclear negotiations were going. US officials later played down the significance of that test.

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The Feb. 27-28 US-North Korea summit ended without an agreement, which, according to the US, was unavoidable as Kim demanded effectively full sanctions relief in return for a limited portion of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Putin has previously expressed positions sympathetic to Kim's regime, saying previous year that Pyongyang must be given guarantees in exchange for de-nuclearisation. He rejected partial denuclearization steps offered by Kim, which included an offer to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear site. She noted that Bolton - who before entering the White House mused about attacking North Korea - took the lead in public statements after the Hanoi summit.

During discussions last summer, Pyongyang accused Mr Pompeo of having a "gangster-like" insistence North Korea shift towards denuclearisation. If missile tests resume, and the North Koreans are calling the US Secretary of State immature, it's hard to argue that that can be called a diplomatic accomplishment moving forward.

What did North Korea test?

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) did not describe exactly what weapon was tested on Wednesday, including whether it was a missile or another type of weapon. The country's Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters they are "analyzing North Korean leadership's movement from various angles, and and also the newly introduced tactical guided weapons".

The weapon was said to have the advantage of a "peculiar mode of guiding flight" and its test involved "various modes of firing at different targets", suggesting it could be launched from land, sea or air. That visit followed Pompeo's hosting a lavish dinner in NY for North Korea's senior diplomats; the meal featured upscale versions of classic American dishes. "If it is a cruise missile, then it has no relevance with the current sanctions". The Pyongyang-based Munitions Industry Department is sanctioned both by the United States and the U.N. Security Council.

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