North Korea tests new high-performance rocket engine

North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new high-performance rocket engine, state media have said, branding the successful test a breakthrough in the country’s space program.

It follows the shock launch of multiple missiles towards Japan earlier this month.

Japanese authorities ordered the evacuation of the rural, fishing town of Oga as part of a ballistic missile test amid heightened tensions with North Korea, March 17, 2017. The United States, in turn, wants North Korea to stop conducting the kinds of ballistic missile tests that it saw this month-military provocations that cause intense trepidation in South Korea and Japan and enormous concern that Kim is getting closer to his goal of threatening America’s west coast with a nuclear-tipped ICMB.

Kim attended Saturday’s test at the Sohae launch site, according to the Korean Central News Agency, which said the test was meant to confirm the “new type” of engine’s thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control system and structural safety.

The secretary’s East Asia tour – which also included allies Japan and South Korea – has been dominated by concerns over North Korea and the threat posed by its nuclear and ballistic missiles program.

The last ground test of a high-powered rocket engine was in September past year, which was also observed by Kim.

Jammed GPS signals affecting hundreds of civilian airliners flying in and out of South Korea.

“We do not want to interfere in (other country’s) political matters, but it is our responsibility to investigate a murder case which occurred within our jurisdiction”.

The report marks the latest challenge to the United States from Kim’s defiant regime. “We. are hoping to get them through Interpol”. The police chief has said he believes they fled to Pyongyang while the other three are hiding in North Korea’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Tokyo and North Korea have not established formal relations but have occasionally attempted to hold diplomatic talks. “China has done little to help!”

The nine Malaysians now in North Korea were barred from leaving the country after Pyongyang issued a travel ban on Malaysian citizens there last week. “Insya-Allah, as long as they take good care of our people, we will take care of their people”, Utusan Online quoted him saying. An expert says Chang was most likely tasked with making sure the mission was a success as he was seen exchanging hand signals with one of the women that smeared Kim’s face with VX nerve agent.

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