North Korea carries out 'revolutionary' high-thrust rocket engine trial

  • North Korea carries out 'revolutionary' high-thrust rocket engine trial

North Korea carries out 'revolutionary' high-thrust rocket engine trial

Saturday's test at the Sohae satellite launching facility in North Pyongan Province measured the thrust power and movement in the engine's combustion chamber, as well as the engine's structural safety and reliability, the Korean Central News Agency said in a report.

North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine.

After personally overseeing the test, Mr Kim "emphasized that the world will soon witness the great significance of the epoch-making victory we achieved today", KCNA reported, adding that it marked the birth of the country's rocket industry. It was developed without "dependence on the technology of other countries", KCNA said.

The North Korean dictator continues to taunt the US and the West.

U.S. relations with China have been rocky, with China irritated at repeatedly being told to rein in the North.

He added that North Korea is highly likely to either conduct its sixth nuclear test or fire an ICBM missile next month amid rising signs of the North's preparation for the underground nuclear test. While that's largely in line with prior U.S. positions, Mr Tillerson's comments - and Twitter posts from President Donald Trump - signal the level of concern over North Korea is rising. It has carried out numerous other missile tests, including in March when it fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.

The country leader Kim Jong Un has termed it a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program. "We will follow the legal channel to get them".

Trump made the comments to reporters while departing his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he spent the weekend. "China has done little to help!"

Rookie Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday wrapped up his first visits to Japan and South Korea before heading to China, and in one of his strongest statements about anything to date, he warned Pyongyang that its provocative actions would not be tolerated and talked of a pre-emptive strike.

For his part, Tillerson struck a more conciliatory tone in Beijing than he had a day earlier in Seoul, stressing that Beijing and Washington shared a "common view" that North Korea must be stopped.