North Korea does it again, conducts another rocket engine test

The officials told Reuters they believed the test could be part of Pyongyang's programme to develop an inter-continental ballistic missile.

USA spy satellites have detected new activity at North Korea's underground nuclear test site that involve some modifications around one of the tunnel entrances to an underground test area, United States officials said.

The United States, meanwhile, is ramping up capabilities to defend against the threat from North Korea, staging its first-ever successful test to intercept an incoming ICBM-type missile in May.

To affirm the unassailable rule of the Kim dynasty, even at the expense of its own people, the discomfiture of its neighbors and the misgivings of the world, North Korea asserts the freedom to misgovern and project itself without interference. Following two more tests, the ballistic missile would be deployed.

On Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in inspected the test-launch of a mid-range missile that is being developed by its military.

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

Last month, the head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency told Congress that North Korea, if left unchecked, was on an "inevitable" path to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile capable of striking the US mainland.

In early June, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed new sanctions on North Korea and entities trading with it over its ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and continued violations of UN Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CBS, South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in said his country had no plans to end or downsize joint military exercises with the US.

The Hyunmoo-2 is test-fired from a mobile launch pad at a test site of the Agency for Defense Development in Anheung, South Korea, Friday, June 23, 2017.

He described as "personal views" his adviser's recent remarks in Washington that South Korea and the U.S. may consider scaling back their joint military exercises in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear and missile development programs. The rocket exploded soon after liftoff.

  • Leroy Wright