North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM

North Korea has reportedly conducted another rocket engine test on Wednesday.

One official said he believed the test had taken place within the past 24 hours.

North Korea has carried out a new test of a rocket engine, Sputnik reported citing USA media.

On condition of anonymity, the official said Thursday the US believed the drill could be the smallest stage of an ICBM rocket engine.

China is seen as North Korea's main ally and the U.S. hopes Beijing can have greater influence on the totalitarian state to stop both its missile tests and nuclear programme.

Calling North Korea the "top security threat" to the United States, Tillerson said China has a "diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region".

China's top diplomat met Trump at the White House on Thursday, where he said Beijing was willing to keep working with Washington to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, China's foreign ministry said. Kye added, "Let's talk about how to solve the Korean issue peacefully". Michael Elleman, senior fellow for missile defense at the ‎International Institute for Strategic Studies said, as reported by the Washington Post: "For me, their biggest challenge is getting a large, two- or three-stage missile to actually work and for them to have confidence that it will work".

The North's leader Kim Jong-un described it as a "revolutionary breakthrough" for the nation's space program, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

The death of Warmbier has considerably strained tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, who have always been at loggerheads over North Korea's nuclear missile program and the installation of a controversial American missile defense system in South Korea.

This photo carried by North Korea's state news agency on March 19, 2017, shows the North's ground test of a new high-thrust rocket engine.

The Obama administration pushed for many sanctions against North Korea in the past years.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi and China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out".

"The relevant resolutions, adopted by the UNSC, have specific clauses on North Korea's use of the ballistic missile technology and carrying out of the launches".

  • Leroy Wright