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 ShanahanDefense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall Why Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary 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 UnBeware the 34th month of Trump's presidency The Trump doctrine: Principled realism or endemic confusion? Stockholm breakdown reflects North Korea's failure to compromise 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.