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Saturday, August 17, 2019, 14:58
KCNA: DPRK top leader guided test-fire of new weapon again
By Xinhua
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 14:58 By Xinhua

In this Aug 16, 2019, photo provided on Aug 17 by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s government, DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un, seated, watches the test firing of an unspecified new weapon at an undisclosed location in the DPRK. (PHOTO / KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

PYONGYANG — Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), guided the test-fire of a new weapon again on Friday morning, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Saturday. 

Kim stressed the need to keep channeling all-state efforts and render unreserved support to the sacred national defense building "so as to reliably guarantee the sovereignty and security of the country and the happy future of the people," according to KCNA

The KCNA said the national defense scientists, whom Kim praised for having developed the weapon in a "shortest span of time," showed "a perfect result" in the test-fire and helped boost confidence in this weapon system. However, it did not elaborate what kind of new weapon it was. 

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Kim stressed the need to keep channeling all-state efforts and render unreserved support to the sacred national defense building "so as to reliably guarantee the sovereignty and security of the country and the happy future of the people," according to KCNA. 

He also said the core plan of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea for defense building is to "possess such a powerful force strong enough to discourage any forces from daring to provoke us." 

The DPRK on Friday fired two unidentified short-range projectiles off its east coast into the sea, according to the Republic of Korea (ROK)'s military. 

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It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks and happened after the joint military exercises by ROK and the United States kicked off on Aug 5. 

The recent weapon tests came as plans to resume working-level talks between Pyongyang and Washington appear to have stalled.  


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