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North Korea seeks to draw global attention by testing new weapons, says Russian senator

April 18, 12:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Korean Central News Agency reported earlier that Kim Jong-un had witnessed a firing test of a new tactical guided weapon

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MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. North Korea seeks to draw the world’s attention by testing new weapons, Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Defense Committee Chairman and former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Troops Vladimir Shamanov told reporters on Thursday.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported earlier that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had witnessed a firing test of a new tactical guided weapon. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said, in turn, citing South Korean experts, that North Korea could have tested new tactical guided missiles operating at low altitudes.

"Perhaps, they want to remind the world about themselves," Shamanov said. According to him, it is a signal to everyone, "because neither we nor the Americans want such tests to take place, moreover, according to international conventions, countries should make announcements about all tests in advance," he added.

The senior Russian senator pointed out that "today, missile technologies require particular attention because the basis of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty has been destroyed and various activities are underway aimed at making new agreements that very likely will be multilateral." Shamanov also said that North Korea’s move to conduct such tests "is kind of a reminder: ‘don’t forget about us too’."

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