Kim Jong watches ground jet test of new high-thrust engine

North Korea's state-run news agency reported that Pyongyang has successfully tested a "new type" of high-thrust rocket engine seen as a step closer to the realization of Kim Jong-Un's vow to launch an ICBM this year.

The President made the remark on Sunday on board Air Force One, as he prepared to return to Washington from a weekend at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, reports Fox News.

South Korean officials say North Korea's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" advancement in engine function.

On Friday, President Trump tweeted: "North Korea is behaving very badly. I will tell you, he's acting very badly", said Trump, reported Al Jazeera.

Kim attended Saturday's test at the Sohae launch site, according to the Korean Central News Agency, which said the ground test was meant to confirm the new engine's power and gauge the reliability of its structure and control system.

"He emphasized that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries", it added.

"Cyberspace is one of the many strategies of US hegemony, along with the nuclear stick and the USA dollar, to launch a pre-emptive strike" against North Korea, the statement from KCNA read.

North Korea is still a far-shot away from ever accomplishing its goal of attaining nuclear missile launching capabilities, most experts said.

"The US has a long-standing mutual defense treaty with South Korea and the United Nations commander, who is the US general here [in Seoul], has an obligation to fulfil the armistice, to maintain the ceasefire", Dr. Pinkston told Sputnik.

During Tillerson's visit to China, the two sides said they would work together to try to make North Korea take "a different course".

Rocket engines are easily re-purposed for use in missiles.

Khalid said the new suspects are in addition to the seven North Koreans already being sought in last month‚à "ôs poisoning death of Kim Jong Nam".

A US administration official declined to give a specific technical assessment of the test but said it showed North Korea was "150 percent" committed to its weapons programs.

It quoted him as saying the test "declared a new birth of the Juche-based rocket industry".

Officials from China and the USA have vowed to work together to push North Korea towards "a different course" amid increased fears over the despot state's weapons programmes.

"And we hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a cool-headed and comprehensive fashion and arrive at a wise decision", Wang said, according to a translation in a transcript of the briefing provided by the U.S. State Department.

As aerospace engineer John Schilling wrote in January, North Korea's primary space launch vehicle, the Unha-3, "could be pressed into service as a crude ICBM".

  • Leroy Wright