N. Korea tests high-thrust missile engine
Pyongyang [North Korea], Mar. 19 : North Korea has conducted a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station.
The test was conducted at the North Korea's northwest facility, where the country has been launching rockets to put satellites into orbit, the Korean Central News Agency said on Sunday.
A new type of rocket engine was used in the test for long-range missiles.
Claiming the test to be successful, Kim Jong-un said it was a new birth of the nation's rocket industry.
"The development and completion of a new-type high-thrust engine will help consolidate the scientific and technological foundation to match the world-level satellite delivery capability in the field of outer space development," KCNA quoted Kim as saying.
Although North Korea has never flight-tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, it has recently demonstrated significant progress in its missile programs with new engines that could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead as far away as the United States.
The test comes a day after U. S. President Donald Trump lashed out at North Korea and China saying that the former was 'behaving very badly' and the latter had not done enough to help.
"North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been "playing" the United States for years. China has done little to help!" Trump tweeted.
U. S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who presently is in South East Asia, had said earlier that Washington would consider military action against North Korea if it was provoked. (ANI)