Etereuti via Pixabay/Victor Tangermann
Big Kaboom

North Korea Says It Tested a New Weapon But Won’t Say What It Was

byDan Robitzski
4. 18. 19
Etereuti via Pixabay/Victor Tangermann

Weird flex but okay!

Keep it Vague

North Korea is flexing its muscles. On Thursday, the nation announced that it had test-launched a new “tactical guided weapon” — but kept the details vague.

The weapon is unlikely to be a long-range ballistic missile that could jeopardize peace talks, according to the Associated Press. Rather, given the fact that the announcement came with new demands for ongoing negotiations with the U.S., the tests were likely intended as a display of military strength.

Guessing Game

South Korean experts suspect that the new weapon was some sort of cruise missile, per the AP‘s attempt to learn more. Had the weapon been a longer-range missile that could pose a threat to the U.S. or other nations, then North Korea may have put at risk its ongoing effort to lift sanctions that other countries have imposed on it.

Rather, Kim Jong-Un called for the U.S. to pull Secretary of State Mike Pompeo out of ongoing disarmament negotiations, accusing him of “talking nonsense” and misinterpreting agreements made between the two countries, the AP reports. The experts’ guess: the new weapon test is meant to add a little more gravity to those demands.

Advertisement

READ MORE: NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks [The AP]

More on North Korea: North Korea is Using Hackers to Steal Money for Nuclear Bombs


Care about supporting clean energy adoption? Find out how much money (and planet!) you could save by switching to solar power at UnderstandSolar.com. By signing up through this link, Futurism.com may receive a small commission.

Share This Article

Copyright ©, Camden Media Inc All Rights Reserved. See our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Data Use Policy. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Futurism. Fonts by Typekit and Monotype.