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North Korea tests new rocket engine — KCNA

/ 07:51 AM March 19, 2017
An aerial view shows a golf course used as the site of a recently installed anti Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, in Seongju on March 18, 2017. South Korean retail giant Lotte agreed to provide land to host a controversial US missile defence system loathed by Beijing, Seoul's defence ministry said. The plan by Washington and Seoul to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in response to threats from nuclear-armed North Korea has angered Beijing, which fears it will undermine its own ballistic capabilities. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES

An aerial view shows a golf course used as the site of a recently installed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, in Seongju on March 18, 2017. South Korean retail giant Lotte agreed to provide land to host the controversial US missile defense system loathed by Beijing, Seoul’s defense ministry said. Washington and Seoul installed THAAD in response to threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. China is angry because it fears THAAD will undermine its own ballistic capabilities. AFP

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has tested a new high-performance rocket engine, the country’s state media said Sunday.

Overseeing the test, leader Kim Jong-Un “emphasized that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries”, KCNA reported, hinting that the North is preparing to launch a new satellite rocket.

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“The development and completion of a new-type high-thrust engine would help consolidate the scientific and technological foundation to match the world-level satellite delivery capability in the field of outer space development, he noted”, KCNA said.

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

Outside observers say that the nuclear-armed Pyongyang’s space program is a fig leaf for weapons tests.

The new US Secretary of State Tillerson arrived in Beijing Saturday after visits to US allies Japan and South Korea where he said the US would no longer observe the “failed” approach of patient diplomacy with Pyongyang, warning that American military action against the North was an option “on the table”.

The tougher US talk followed two North Korean nuclear tests last year and recent missile launches that Pyongyang described as practice for an attack on US bases in Japan. CBB/rga

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