SEOUL • A weapon tested by North Korea is thought to have been a guided weapon for ground combat and not a ballistic missile, South Korea's military said, indicating it was a conventional weapon and not one subject to international sanctions.
South Korea and the United States ran a joint assessment of the test, a South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman said yesterday without offering further details about the weapon.
The Pentagon said the test did not involve a ballistic missile and posed no threat to the US or its allies in the Pacific. "There was a test," Mr Patrick Shanahan, the Acting Defence Secretary, told reporters as he met his Albanian counterpart at the Pentagon. "There's no change to our posture or to our operations."
A US official familiar with the assessment told CNN that North Korea tested components for an anti-tank weapon, rather than a fully operational new weapon. The official added that data the US has been able to review indicated the components were inconsequential to any advanced North Korean military capability.
North Korean state media announced the test of what it called a "new-type tactical guided weapon" on Thursday, hours before a separate state media report in which a Foreign Ministry official demanded US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be removed from direct nuclear negotiations for what the official called his "reckless remarks".
Mr Pompeo said yesterday that he is "still in charge of the team" negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear programme.
BLOOMBERG, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE