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.
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