North Korea 'acting very, very badly'

North Korea conducted a test of a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch facility and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was "a new birth" of its rocket industry, Pyongyang's official media said on Sunday.

Current US president spent his weekend in Mar-a-lago resort.

"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.

The US President told reporters on Air Force One that the dictator is "acting very, very badly" after the test was conducted while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was visiting the continent.

A South Korean analyst said the test was an ominous development.

"North Korea is behaving very badly".

He's the half-brother of North Korean leader given Kim Jong-un, whose recent purges fuelled allegations that he was involved.

Mr Trump criticised North Korea on Twitter at the end of last week, writing that the country "has been "playing" the United States for years".

The engine was tested at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, a major space facility on the country's northwest coast, from which North Korea successfully launched its first satellite into orbit in December 2012.

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

It said the President also met with military personnel. This is an unusual admission considering that the South prefers to play down North Korea's weapon capabilities. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures.

It has said previously it would attempt a moon launch in a decade.

US Navy SEAL Team 6 is also being deployed near North Korea as part of the war exercises Foal Eagle and Key Resolve. Russian Federation also opposes the system, for the same reasons.

  • Leroy Wright