North Korea test-fires new weapon with 'powerful warhead'

North Korea reportedly tests new tactical guided weapon

Breaking: Kim Jong Un celebrates testing of 'new tactical guided weapons'

However, the description provided by KCNA suggests that it does not represent a return to missile testing for the regime - a tactical weapon is created to be used on the battlefield, and is typically not a long-range armament.

In testimony to a Senate subcommittee last week, Pompeo, who flew to Pyongyang four times previous year, was asked if he would agree with the characterisation of Kim as a "tyrant".

On 12 April, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was re-elected as the chairman of the State Affairs Commission during the latest session of the state's parliament.

The Kremlin did not provide any further details about the meeting between Kim and Putin, who are not believed to have ever met each other.

Putin has long expressed his readiness to meet with the North Korean leader.

This is not the first time Pompeo has felt the heat of North Korean ire: He was accused of making "gangster-like demands" last July shortly after a visit to Pyongyang.

In response, Pompeo said, "Sure".

Trump last week rejected a call for confidence-building joint economic projects between Seoul and Pyongyang, and his national security adviser said Wednesday that the USA would need to see more evidence that Kim was ready to give up nuclear weapons before scheduling a third summit. He said the USA must change its methods by the end of the year.

Since then, North Korea has said it was 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".

A government official said the US shared the assessment with the South Korean military.

USA military officials said they did not detect any significant missile launches on Wednesday and the North's description of the "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon" suggested it might have instead been an anti-tank guided missile or other short-range system.

Peskov said that the non-disclosure of information about the place and exact date of the meeting between the two leaders is related to security concerns. The State Department did not immediately return Newsweek's request for comment.

Washington says it won't allow the North's desired sanctions relief until the nation commits to verifiably relinquishing his nuclear facilities, weapons and missiles. North Korea wanted the reduce sanctions in some way while the U.S wanted North Korea to move forward to end its nuclear program.

Ties between the Soviet Union and then Russian Federation with North Korea run deep.

Should the summit with Putin be held, Kim is expected to strive to secure another source of diplomatic leverage that could signal to both China and the United States that it has another partner to fall back on should the two countries eschew support for the impoverished state. "Looks like they are working on antiaircraft capabilities with the last test and this one", Georgetown University professor Victor Cha, an expert on North Korea, told The Washington Post. Its allure lies in attracting weak economies - like Russia's and North Korea's - into participating in exchange for building ports and railways those countries otherwise could not afford.

Russian Federation is interested in gaining broader access to North Korea's mineral resources, including rare metals.

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