North Korea says it test-fired tactical guided weapon; Kim calls it 'event of very weighty significance'

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Wednesday watched as his country test-fired a new tactical guided weapon, state-run media reported.

The Academy of Defense Science launched the weapon, The Associated Press reported, citing the Korean Central News Agency.

The rogue regime’s leader reportedly spoke about the implication of the test-fire, saying that “the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People's Army."

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The White House told Fox News that they were aware of the report and had no comment. A State Department official echoed that message. U.S. officials told Fox News that the missile test was likely a “short-range” test of a small guided weapon and not a large ballistic missile.

American intelligence agencies, which normally detect the launch of ballistic missiles worldwide, did not detect any test from North Korea, one official said.

“We’re aware of the reports but I have nothing for you at this time,” said Lt. Col. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman.

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North Korea last test-fired a ballistic missile in November 2017.

The reported test-fire comes after Kim and President Trump met earlier this year for a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, although their talks came to an abrupt ending, reportedly over a disagreement regarding sanctions relief.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Kristin Brown and The Associated Press contributed to this report.