KCNA did not describe exactly what the weapon is, including whether it was a missile or another type of weapon, but "tactical" implies a short-range weapon, as opposed to the long-range ballistic missiles that have been seen as a threat to the United States.
"The design indexes of the tactical guided weapon, whose advantages are appreciated for the peculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead, were perfectly verified at the test-fire conducted in various modes of firing at different targets", KCNA said.
In addition, Kwon said that Kim remains "on good terms as usual" with US President Donald Trump, perhaps signalling North Korea's desire to drive a wedge between the US president and his advisers, including Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, who, according to Pyongyang, have been pushing for the country's complete disarmament before guaranteeing any economic relief.
Her seat in the stands just feet away from USA vice-president Mike Pence gave substance to suggestions she had been entrusted to represent the regime at the highest possible level and that view was cemented when she was at the table of the first, historic inter-Korean summit between Kim Jong-un his opposite number Moon Jae-in.
"It suggests to me that this may have been to demonstrate internally that despite talks with the U.S., Kim is no slouch on maintaining a strong defensive capability", Ankit Panda, an adjunct senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists and an worldwide security analyst, told NK News.
"Firing ballistic missile may provide reason for additional sanctions from the global community so North Korea chose to voice their opinion without receiving negative response on their military actions", Moon Sung-muk, an arms-control expert at Korea Research Institute for Strategy, told ABC News.
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When adjusted for inflation, pay, including bonuses, increased by 1.5% on the year, the highest figure since the summer of 2016. He continued: "We suspect house prices will rise only 1% over the year and would not be at all surprised if they stagnate".
The analyst said the test could also be intended as a message to the North Korean people and military of a commitment to maintaining a strong level of defense even as it continues talks with Washington over nukes.
Experts said in November Kim wanted to shift the mainstay of the North's conventional military power from a almost 1.3 million-strong army to high-tech weapons. In an apparent bid to steal the global limelight, Putin then boasted about securing a promise from then-leader Kim Jong-il to abandon North Korea's missile program in exchange for foreign help in launching satellites, but he suffered a setback when Kim quickly disavowed his statement.
The think-tank said evidence suggested Pyongyang may be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel. The senior official did not elaborate further.
A US military official said late Wednesday the Pentagon is aware of the reported test, but has no further comment. The Pentagon also said it was aware but had no information to provide at this point.
"This seems to be a calculated attempt to raise tensions and put pressure on the United States without tanking the diplomatic process" in the wake of the failed Kim-Trump summit in Hanoi in February, said Mintaro Oba, a former U.S. State Department official who worked on North Korean issues.
Trump said last month that he "would be very disappointed if I saw testing".