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North Korea tests new 'high-thrust' rocket engine

20 March 2017, 02:38 | Justin Tyler

NoKor tests new rocket engine

China wary of US talk about `all options' for North Korea

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un has successfully tested a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station, officials from the secretive state have claimed.

North Korean State media said the country's latest rocket-engine tests were a "great leap forward", CNN reports, and Monday South Korean officials conceded Monday that the North's tests demonstrated "meaningful progress" in rocket-engine function.

Tillerson told reporters in Seoul on March 17 that the USA wasn't interested in conducting direct talks with North Korea to halt its weapons program, saying instead that tighter sanctions enforcement and the possibility of a military strike were being considered as part of a continuing policy review by the Trump administration.

Trump made the comments to reporters while departing his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he spent the weekend.

Trump said he had "meetings on North Korea", but did not specify with whom or what was discussed.

The US alleges that these tests have been carried out in violation of the UN Security Council resolution.

The Washington-based think tank 38 North said last week satellite imagery indicated activity at the site's vertical engine stand, possibly in preparation for a rocket engine test.

A top Republican lawmaker supported Tillersons remarks. He also said a "new approach" is necessary for the North, while emphasizing that conditions for talks with Pyongyang are "not ripe".

The impoverished, isolated North insists that it needs nuclear and missile weapons for self-defence against "hostile forces", including the U.S. and its ally South Korea. "Trump stated that North Korea had been "'playing' the United States for years". That would put parts of the United States in range.

The former Exxon Mobil CEO was on his first Asian visit, assuring Tokyo and Seoul of American defense commitments, and asking Beijing's cooperation in restraining North Korea after its leader, Kim Jong Un, declared in January that it was on the "final stage" of launching an ICBM capable of reaching America. "China has done little to help", said the US President.

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