The Latest: Pence cites progress on N. Korea but more needed

The Latest: Pence cites progress on N. Korea but more needed
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, right, attend a working breakfast hosted by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana or Presidential Palace in Singapore, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim) (Yong Teck Lim)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's new tactical weapon test (all times local):

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says "great progress" has been made on North Korea but more had to be done, after Pyongyang reported a successful test of a new weapon.

Pence spoke from a Southeast Asian summit in Singapore on Friday as North Korea's state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un had observed the successful test of "a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon."

Pence said a year and a half ago, "nuclear tests were taking place, missiles were flying over Japan and there were threats and propagations" against the U.S. and others. But now, "no more missiles are flying, no more nuclear tests, our hostages have come home, and North Korea has begun anew to return fallen American heroes from the Korean war to our soil. We made great progress but there's more work to be done," he added.

In this undated photo released Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, listens to a military official as he inspects a weapon testing at the Academy of National Defense Science, North Korea. Kim observed the successful test of a "newly developed high-tech tactical" weapon, the nation's state media reported Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, though it didn't describe what sort of weapon it was. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
In this undated photo released Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, listens to a military official as he inspects a weapon testing at the Academy of National Defense Science, North Korea. Kim observed the successful test of a "newly developed high-tech tactical" weapon, the nation's state media reported Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, though it didn't describe what sort of weapon it was. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) (AP)

North Korea didn't say what the weapon was, although the test didn't appear to involve a nuclear device or long-range missile.

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North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has observed the successful test of a "newly developed high-tech tactical" weapon.

The report Friday from state media didn't say what sort of weapon it was, although it didn't appear to be of a nuclear or missile related test. Still, any mention of weapons testing could influence the direction of stalled diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang that's meant to rid the North of its nuclear weapons.

The North said the test took place at the Academy of National Defense Science and that Kim couldn't suppress his "passionate joy" at the success of the test.

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves after a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea says leader Kim has observed a successful testing of a "newly developed high-tech tactical" weapon. The report Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, from state media didn't say what sort of weapon it was, although it didn't appear to be a nuclear or missile related test. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves after a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea says leader Kim has observed a successful testing of a "newly developed high-tech tactical" weapon. The report Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, from state media didn't say what sort of weapon it was, although it didn't appear to be a nuclear or missile related test. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) (AP)

The South Korean Yonhap news agency says it was Kim's first publicly known guidance of a weapons test since he supervised an ICBM launch in late November 2017.

Last year saw a string of tests that many believe put the North on the brink of a viable arsenal of nuclear tipped missiles that can target the U.S.