Following rocket engine test, Trump says North Korea 'acting very, very badly'

Kim said the "development and completion of the engine would help consolidate the scientific and technological foundation to match the world-level satellite delivery capability", according to the report.

Trump's latest comments on North Korea adopt a similar tone to his Twitter statement on the regime last week.

"The other piece is when you're talking about an intercontinental ballistic missile, the types of warheads and the amount of weight that are in the missile itself have to be launched off of a pad".

State media said the test was successful and marked an event of "historic significance" that could lead to the rebirth of the country's indigenous rocket industry.

The recent installation of of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, created to defend against North Korean missiles, has resulted in fury from China as they have taken it as a threat and are threatening to place sanctions against South Korea.

Tensions between the USA and North Korea have worsened in the wake of a series of successful missile launches by Pyongyang-including four rockets fired into the sea northwest of Japan on March 6-and massive U.S.

This is North Korea's new intermediate-range ballistic missile "Pukguksong-2", launched at Banghyon air base in North Phyongan Province on February 12, 2017.

His tone was more moderate when he spoke alongside Wang on Saturday, saying the countries had agreed to work together to confront North Korea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher US line on North Korea, reiterating his country's view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks. While in Tokyo he had said that efforts over the past 20 years to prevent a nuclear North Korea had failed.

The test site is close to where North Korea launched four extended-range Scud missiles into the Sea of Japan earlier this month.

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.

  • Salvatore Jensen