Kim Jong-Un declares 'new birth' in North Korea's rocket program

The engine will help North Korea achieve world-class satellite launch capability, KCNA said, indicating the test was of a new type of engine for long-range missiles.

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday, saying he was "acting very, very badly".

Earlier in February North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, which is believed to have splashed down into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

"Through this test, it is assessed that (North Korea) has made meaningful progress in engine performance, but further analysis is needed for exact thrust and its possible uses in future", said South Korean Defense Ministry deputy spokesman Lee Jin-woo.

Current US president spent his weekend in Mar-a-lago resort. The test was conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (located in Tongchang Village, Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province), under the supervision of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the newspaper reported.

"He emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries", Pyongyang's KCNA news agency said.

The Singaporean daily cited a report by the United Nations Security Council that said a similarly named and aged man had travelled to countries, including Malaysia, since 2012 as an operative of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corp, North Korea's main arms trader.

The comment came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia, which included a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Speaking in South Korea on Friday, Tillerson said that military action against the secretive state was an 'option'.

And it is believed by experts and government officials to be working to develop nuclear-warhead missiles that could reach the United States.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters yesterday that the individuals included North Korean nationals, but did not disclose who they were.

When asked about potential military action, Tillerson said the USA would prefer to avoid an armed conflict with North Korea.

  • Leroy Wright