North Korea says successfully ground tests new rocket engine

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen a ground test of a new rocket engine and ordered a satellite launch preparation, state media said Tuesday, an indication the country might soon conduct a prohibited long-range rocket launch.


The United Nations and others view the North's space launch development project as a cover for tests of missile technology, as ballistic
missiles and rockets in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology. North Korea is also openly working on developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the US mainland.


Kim was quoted as ordering officials and scientists to complete preparations for a satellite launch as soon as possible, amid what he called "the enemies' harsh sanctions and moves to stifle" the North.


פרסום ראשון: 09.20.16, 07:55