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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

North Korea tests powerful new rocket engine: state media

North Korea tests powerful new rocket engine: state media

The news agency added that Kim Jong Un studied the engine's technical specifications ahead of the test and then guided the test.

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

Missile experts are waiting for higher-resolution photos of the rocket engine from North Korea's state media for clues about the technology.

Tillerson is pushing for closer China-U.S. cooperation on dealing with the growing threat from North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

"So I hope the North Koreans can assist us in solving the murder case of Kim Jong-nam", Khalid added.

The report marks the latest challenge to the United States from Kim's defiant regime.

The DPRK's Saturday could have been the "final test" of the carrier rocket for the geostationary satellite that was observed by Kim Jong Un in September previous year, Kim Dong-yup, a researcher at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies told NK News.

The test occurred as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was due to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

"I do not deny there are several individuals, including North Koreans, involved in the assassination and we will use legal channels to apprehend them".

North Korea announced the testing of a new rocket engine on March 19, which would be used in missiles such as these pictured in the March 7 edition of North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

In South Korea, where Tillerson visited the DMZ, he said the USA would not enter into any negotiations with North Korea over its missile and nuclear programs - a position similar to one taken by the Obama Administration that reflects Pyongyang's history of reneging on promises to back off. "China has done little to help!" We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures.

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.

Kim has said he's close to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching North America.

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