North Korea Says It Tested New 'High-Thrust' Rocket Engine
20 March, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Ora Austin
Saturday's test at the Sohae satellite launching facility in North Pyongan Province measured the thrust power and movement in the engine's combustion chamber, as well as the engine's structural safety and reliability, the Korean Central News Agency said in a report.
North Korea on Sunday said it successfully conducted a ground test of a new high-powered engine using "indigenous technology" the day before, the North's latest move to bring it closer to completing a long-range missile that could target the US mainland, despite strong warnings from the worldwide community.
The news agency added: "He emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries".
The negotiations reached a stalemate when North Korea withdrew from the talks in 2009 and has since carried out multiple nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
Kim's announcement came hours before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with President Xi Jinping of China - North Korea's only major global ally - in Beijing.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has pushed back against the tougher United States line on North Korea, reiterating his country's view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbour is through talks.
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The rocket engine that North Korea tested appeared to be powered with liquid fuel, according to Melissa Hanham, an expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, rather than the solid fuel the regime's engineers have been working on recently. That and several recent missile tests have injected new urgency into efforts to halt his weapons program.
Claiming the test to be successful, Kim Jong-un said it was a new birth of the nation's rocket industry.
However, he stressed that investigations into the murder case is ongoing, and he said he hopes for the cooperation of Pyongyang in surrendering the four North Korean suspects to assist in investigations.
The facility is near the site where the isolated country launched four extended-range Scud missiles earlier this month as part of a practice exerise aimed at striking US military bases in Japan.
Kinzinger also pointed to missile defense in Europe and the United States as "extremely important".
During his visit to Seoul, Tillerson admitted that Washington's "strategic patience" policy toward Pyongyang was over.
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