The North Korean dictator continues to taunt the U.S. and the West. Last night, Pyongyang tested a new type of high-thrust rocket engine, which will reportedly improve the thrust power of the rocket and the reliability of its control systems.
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North Korean news agencies reported last night (Saturday) that a new type of high-thrust rocket engine has been tested. “This is an event of historic significance for the country’s space program,” said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after the test.
North Korean news agencies described the high-thrust rocket engine trial as “revolutionary” and stated that it was carried out at the Sohae launch site. According to the reports, the new engine will improve the thrust power of the rocket and the reliability of its control systems.
“The world will soon see what great significance the victory won today carries,” stated Kim, who added that this day will be remembered as the “March 18 revolution.”
The trial in North Korea Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Meanwhile, countries in the region continue to prepare for a potential conflict with Pyongyang. Japan conducted its first evacuation and missile defense drill yesterday. On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that U.S. military action against North Korea is an option.