Moon has message from Trump for NK leader: CNN #AsiaNewsNetwork

Moon has message from Trump for NK leader: CNN #AsiaNewsNetwork

Moon has message from Trump for NK leader: CNN #AsiaNewsNetwork

The test, along with the North's criticism of Pompeo for "talking nonsense" and misrepresenting Kim's positions, signaled a hardening stance and cast doubt on a quick resumption of negotiations.

On Thursday, North Korea said it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon", its first such test in almost half a year, and demanded that Pompeo be excluded from future negotiations. Trump has long defended his decision to hold two high-profile summits with Kim by citing the North Korean's decision to halt nuclear and ballistic missile tests. USA officials have not commented on the test.

The US president went on to praise North Korean potential under Kim's leadership, saying: "North Korea has tremendous potential for extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim".

If it were, such a test would jeopardize discussions between North Korea and the us, according to the AP. "The weapon must be something that can pose a threat or incite terror" and therefore is likely to contain some new technology or capability. No details have emerged as to what the weapon was.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives guidance while attending a flight training of Korean People's Army Air Force at undisclosed location in this April 16, 2019 photo released on April 17, 2019 by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA).

Just a day after North Korea called for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be removed as President Donald Trump's top negotiator, Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan were meeting at the State Department with their Japanese counterparts, Taro Kono and Takeshi Iwaya, to plot a way forward.

The report added that Kim had set goals for "keeping munitions production going, and putting national defense science and technology on [a] cutting edge level".

Kim indicated, however, that he would in the meantime maintain his self-imposed moratorium on nuclear tests and long-range missile launches and he appears to be standing by that vow.

Kwon said Pompeo had made "reckless remarks hurting the dignity of our supreme leadership", apparently referring to his agreeing to the characterisation of Kim as a "tyrant" at a USA congressional hearing last week.

In a sign that the North is leaving its options open, Russian Federation also confirmed Wednesday that preparations are underway for a possible summit between Kim and President Vladimir Putin.

Last week, Kim gave a speech to the country's parliament, the Supreme People's Assembly, in which he emphasized that the country would make its domestic economy self-reliant, in the face of global sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will travel to Russia this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday, announcing the first Russia-North Korea summit since Kim came to power in 2011.

The White House's more skeptical tone comes after Trump walked out of a February 28 summit with Kim, saying the North Korean leader was seeking significant sanctions relief without indicating a willingness to fully dismantle his nuclear program.

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