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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea tests new 'tactical' weapon as talks with US stall

Analysts say Pyongyang used test to express frustration with Washington's stance

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leads the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon @KCNA/Reuters

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended a test of an unspecified new "tactical" weapon, in a demonstration of the nation's military power as talks over the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula remain deadlocked.

State media reported Friday that Kim was satisfied with the test of the "ultramodern" weapon that has been in development since the time of Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011. The Korean Central News Agency did not say what type of device had been tested, and South Korea's defense ministry said that it is analyzing the weapon.

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