November 15, 2018 / 10:55 PM / 25 days ago

North Korea Kim Jong Un says new tactical weapon is display of 'defence capabilities to the whole region' - KCNA

FILE PHOTO North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a construction site in Yangdeok, in this undated photo released on October 31, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA/File Photo via REUTERS.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, calling it “another display of our rapidly-growing defence capabilities to the whole region,” North Korean state media said on Friday.

“This result today is a justification of the party’s policy focused on defence science and technology, another display of our rapidly-growing defence capabilities to the whole region, and a groundbreaking change in strengthening our military’s combat capabilities,” Kim said. KCNA said the test was successful.

Kim said that the weapons system tested was one that his father, Kim Jong Il, was especially interested during his lifetime and led the development of personally.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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