"I'm not going to go into the detailed intelligence, but the way I'd characterise is it is not a ballistic missile", Shanahan told the media here on Thursday.
The assessment is based on a review of information gathered from satellites and aircraft, which did not register any indication of a launch of any type of short-range tactical weapon or a ballistic missile, CNN said, citing the official.
A U.S. official familiar with the assessment told CNN that North Korea tested components for an anti-tank weapon, rather than a fully operational new weapon.Читайте также: Kansas zoo keeper hospitalized after attack by tiger
Amid a standstill in talks, North Korea on Thursday both announced the test and demanded that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be excluded from negotiations after he apparently encouraged Trump to stand firm in Hanoi.
But KCNA did not specify what the newly developed weapon was, prompting United States and South Korean intelligence authorities to pore over data to determine what the test was about. "There's no change to our posture or to our operations". KCNA quoted Kim on the firing: "The development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People's Army". As such, the test did not appear to violate North Korea's self-imposed moratorium on missile and nuclear tests.
Kim and US President Donald Trump met in Hanoi in February but failed to reach an agreement, with the North requesting harsh US sanctions to be lifted in return for it shutting down its largest nuclear facility. Shanahan said on Thursday that he did not want to "rush" to judgment on the message being sent by North Korea ahead of fully analysing intelligence. The North Korean statement was that it was a tactical, and therefore short range, missile, which led to such an assumption. Trump responded by touting his "excellent" personal relationship with Kim.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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