North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM

  • North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM

The North also conducted two nuclear tests past year alone as it openly pursues a long-range nuclear missile that could reach the USA mainland.

North Korea's state media, which is normally quick to publicize successful missile-related developments, did not carry any reports on the engine test.

The North has pledged to also develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. But a USA official conceded to Fox News that although spy satellites have spotted increased activity around the test site, "nobody knows what that means". "A policy of embracing North Korea is possible when we have a defense capability that surpasses that of North Korea".

Defiant North Korea has conducted another rocket engine test that can be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM capable enough of reaching the U.S. mainland.

The United States has tried for years to discourage South Korea from developing longer-range ballistic missiles in keeping with the Missile Technology Control Regime, a voluntary global arms-control pact.

As many as five nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests have been carried out by the regime in its effort to create a long-range nuke capable of hitting the USA mainland.

The Rodong Sinmum commentary suggests that the USA government is suffering from its own crisis, which could include "the impeachment of Trump", and that the president is now considering launching a preemptive strike against North Korea because of his "tough situation" at home. His death outraged the United States and worsened already-poor relations with North Korea.

Pyongyang's undeterred nuclear pursuit has brought it under heavy sanctions imposed by the United Nations as well as other countries, including the US and South Korea. ICBMs have a minimum range of about 3,400 miles (5,500 km), but some are created to travel 6,200 miles (10,000 km) or farther.

Versions of the proposal, floated by Beijing for several months, have been revived several times this week, first by South Korea's newly installed president and then by China's foreign minister and one of its top military officials in talks on Wednesday (June 21) with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

Park didn't say how far the Hyunmoo-2 missile flew or where it landed, but said it accurately hit its target area.

In February 2012, North Korea agreed to temporarily put a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests and freeze its uranium-enrichment facilities in exchange for 240,000 tons of food aid from the US.