North Korea has tested a "newly developed ultramodern" weapon in an event supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, state media said Friday, amid faltering nuclear disarmament negotiations with the United States.
"By referring to it as a 'tactical weapon", it is sending a message that (the test) is not an armed provocation, ' an official at Seoul's defence ministry told reporters.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday to communicate and talk more closely with North Korea, Moon's spokesman said.
North Korea has denied torturing Warmbier and claims he contracted botulism in detention.
Pence stressed the "steadfast and enduring" American commitment to the Indo-Pacific region as he met with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during their annual summit in Singapore.
He is standing in for President Donald Trump at the ASEAN meeting and another summit later this week in Papua New Guinea.
Kim announced earlier this year that he is focused on economic rather than military development, and his inspection tours have reflected this, until now.
The ministry said it believed this time Mr Kim was supervising the test of a traditional weapon because the term "strategic weapon" was not used by the KCNA.
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Very few in the world would trust in Kim's sincerity over ending his nuclear weapon program, knowing his unpredictable record.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a meeting in Singapore on November 15, 2018.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been due to meet North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, a senior aide to Kim Jong Un, in NY earlier this month, but it was postponed to a later date.
The news, which came nearly a year after Pyongyang's last test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, recalled the repeated announcements of 2017.
"He felt that India's contribution in ensuring this would be important and we then discussed how both sides can strengthen cooperation in this area to ensure that this is an area of growth, of prosperity, of development and of benefit for the countries of the region in the future".
Mr Yang said the latest North Korean test will not completely break down nuclear diplomacy, though more questions would be raised about how honest the North is about its commitment to denuclearisation.
U.S. officials insist on the complete, verified and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula before sanctions are lifted.
But Pyongyang is demanding sanctions imposed against it over its weapons programmes are eased and has condemned United States demands for what it calls its "unilateral" disarmament as "gangster-like".
Even if the test was a message for Washington and Seoul, Friday's report from the North was noticeably less belligerent than past announcements of weapons tests, and did not focus on North Korean claims of usa and South Korean hostility.