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North Korea conducted test launch, but it didn’t involve ballistic weapon, Pentagon confirms

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WATCH: The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday that North Korea had conducted some kind of test or launch but appeared to play down concerns. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon that it was "not a ballistic missile" – Apr 18, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is confirming that North Korea conducted a test launch on Wednesday, but he declined to provide any details.

He is the first U.S. official to confirm the launch. He tells reporters at the Pentagon that North Korea conducted a test, but it didn’t involve a ballistic weapon and didn’t trigger any change in U.S. military operations.

READ MORE: North Korea reportedly test fires new tactical guided weapon

North Korea has said it test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon. The test didn’t appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle ongoing nuclear negotiations.

Pyongyang also is demanding that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The State Department says it’s aware of the report and the U.S. remains ready to engage North Korea in constructive negotiations.

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WATCH: Pompeo says he’s still in charge of U.S. diplomatic efforts with North Korea

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Pompeo says he’s still in charge of U.S. diplomatic efforts with North Korea – Apr 19, 2019

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