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Robert Namer
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April 19, 2019

     A major mistake.  North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday morning local time.  The test of "an alleged powerful warhead" was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year.

The White House and Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. A U.S. defense official said that U.S. Strategic Command did not detect a missile launch from North Korea.

     The latest revelation comes less than two months after the collapse of nuclear talks between Trump and Kim in Vietnam. Obviously the North Koreans have been pressuring the administration for sanctions relief

.     North Korea, the only nation to have tested nuclear weapons this century, spent most of Trump's first year in office perfecting its nuclear arsenal. The newest member of the world's exclusive nuclear weapons club has stopped testing of its nukes for now as the U.S. and international community offer the possibility of relief from crippling economic sanctions.

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