April 18, 2019

What US intelligence believes happened with North Korea's weapons test

Featuring Eric Brewer

Source: CNN

Journalist Barbara Starr

The US does not believe North Korea successfully launched a fully operational new weapon after Pyongyang claimed it had conducted a "new tactical guided weapons firing test" on Wednesday, according to a US official directly familiar with the latest assessment.

The initial US intelligence assessment is North Korea tested components for an anti-tank weapon, rather than a fully operational new weapon, the official told CNN on Thursday.

The assessment is based on a review of information gathered from satellites and aircraft that did not register any indication of a launch of any type of short-range tactical weapon or a ballistic missile, the official said.

North Korea's state media agency reported that the country's leader Kim Jong Un inspected and directed the test.

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Authors

  • Eric Brewer

    Former Visiting Fellow

    Eric Brewer was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Mr. Brewer has extensive experience working nuclear proliferation challenges in the U.S. go...