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North Korea hails 'miracle' rocket engine test

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 01:08

North Korea says it successfully tested a new high-thrust engine, which leader Kim Jong Un called ''a new birth'' of the country's rocket industry. Ryan Brooks reports

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North Korea hailing its latest weapons breakthrough as a "miracle," as Kim Jong Un basks in the glory of what he calls a "new birth" of the country's rocket systems. Pictures from state media appear to show Kim personally overseeing an engine test over the weekend, apparently held at a known satellite launch site, suggesting the technology could be planned for use in long-range weapons. Kim claims North Korea is close to the test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts fear could reach as far as the western United States and Europe. The test came hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Chinese President Xi Jinping. Both sides pledging to work together to steer the North from its controversial nuclear program despite rising tensions over South Korea's deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system, set up as a counter to a possible strike from Pyongyang. North Korea's weekend test was also met with some heavy finger wagging from Donald Trump. The U.S. President saying Pyongyang is acting quote "very, very badly."

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North Korea hails 'miracle' rocket engine test

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 01:08