(From Reuters)

North Korea, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, successfully tested a solid-fuel rocket engine that increased power of the reclusive state’s ballistic rockets, North Korea’s state news agency reported on Thursday.

Kim Jong-un watches anti-landing exercises somewhere in North Korea in March.

The claim, if confirmed, could mean the North was continuing to work on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program at a rapid pace, in defiance of U.N. sanctions that ban such activities.

“(Kim) noted with great pleasure that the successful test … helped boost the power of ballistic rockets capable of mercilessly striking hostile forces,” KCNA news agency said.

The North said last week it had conducted a successful simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a ballistic missile and the country would soon test ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.Pyongyang has previously launched long-range rockets that used liquid fuel but it was seen to lack the capability to build solid-fuel long-range or intercontinental missiles. Read more

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