US intel suggests North Korea didn't conduct successful weapon test: report

US intel suggests North Korea didn't conduct successful weapon test: report
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The U.S. does not believe that North Korea successfully tested a new weapon after the country's state media claimed that there was a test firing of a “new-type tactical guided weapon,” CNN reported Thursday, citing a U.S. official.

U.S. authorities reportedly believe North Korea tested components for an anti-tank weapon and not a fully-functional new weapon, based on an initial assessment of information from satellites and aircrafts.

The official told CNN that if it was a full anti-tank weapon, it would have been detected, but it was not. 


Acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanSenators introducing bill to penalize Pentagon for failed audits Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon MORE had confirmed earlier Thursday that North Korea conducted a weapons test but that the weapon was "not a ballistic missile."

"I’m not going to go into the detailed intelligence, but the way I’d characterize is it is not a ballistic missile,” he told reporters.

North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Wednesday that leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnSouth Korea says North wants sanctions lifted before restarting nuclear talks Kim's sister rips US-South Korea drills Koreas in talks over possible summit: report MORE watched the country's latest test.

"After watching the power of the new-type tactical guided weapon, [Kim] pointed out that our national defense scientists and workers in the field of the munitions industry performed another great work in increasing the country's defense capabilities," KCNA said, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.