North Korea claims successful long-range rocket engine test

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a successful test of a new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), state media said on Saturday, in their latest report of advances in an arms program that has attracted U.N. sanctions.

South Korea and the United States have shown scepticism over the North's statements about rapid progress in its nuclear and missile programs ahead of a ruling party congress in May, where analysts expect it to declare itself a major nuclear weapons state.

Tension has remained high on the Korean peninsula after the North's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier in the year and South Korean and U.S. troops conducted large-scale joint drills amid harsh rhetoric from both rival Koreas.

The engine was ignited at Kim's command and released a fiery blast, and the test showed the indigenously designed rocket fulfilled all required conditions, the North's official KCNA news agency said.

"Dear Comrade Kim Jong Un said now we can mount an ever more powerful nuclear warhead on a new intercontinental ballistic rocket and put the den of evil in the United States, and all over the world, within our strike range," the agency said.

The test was conducted at the North's missile station near its west coast, where, in February, the country launched a long-range rocket that put an object into space orbit, KCNA said.

South Korea's defense officials did not immediately provide comment on the authenticity of Saturday's report.

The North said in March it had miniaturized a nuclear warhead to be mounted on ballistic missiles and conducted a simulated re-entry test of a ballistic missile, which could indicate advances in its ICBM program, if true.

But South Korean officials questioned those assertions and said the North was several years away from developing an ICBM. The United States said there was no proof of the North's statements and urged Pyongyang to halt actions that fuel tension.

The North conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and the rocket launch in February, in defiance of international warnings and past U.N. sanctions, triggering a new Security Council resolution that imposed more punishment.

Despite its assertions, the North has yet to conduct a flight-test of a long-range missile or an ICBM and show mastery of the technology needed to bring a missile back into the atmosphere and hit a target with precision.

The North said its January nuclear test was a successful hydrogen bomb test, but many experts and officials in the South and the United States said the blast was too small to have been from a successful test of such a weapon.

North Korea says leader Kim supervises test of new engine for missile| Reuters
 

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If they really did have the capability to wreak real havoc on their less friendly neighbours (nuclear or not) they would've been stamped out a long time ago.

The country is having to work deals with Cuba for servicing out military hardware.
They seem have have little capability to produce their own sophiticated military technology so anything they do have was probably sold to them which you can bet many government intelligence agencies are keeping tabs on.

Sabre rattling on their part as they probably need more money or aid
 

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Pardon me if this is anti-freedom of expression but sometimes I wonder why media has the propensity for reporting news that have no positive effect. That is the reason why the rebels in the Philippines are gaining ground because the media, from time to time, report the activities of those rebels and they even have a direct line with the spokesman. In the case of North Korea, I find this report a case of showing off. What if the media would ignore North Korea and wouldn't report any of Kim Jong Un's activity? Again, sorry if this post is offending to some. Just thinking aloud.
 

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The North Korean president is at it again. He likes to play games with the West, always annoying them. He likes attention and it seems and he will do whatever it takes if it's even to make false declarations, to get the attention.
 

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Exactly @explorerx7.
And for years, they make threats, they get given money & supplies.

They would be foolish to stop now :p
 

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Whether true or not with regard to these myriads of tests, the fact remains that even with Soviet era weaponry, North Korea is capable of launching a massive and sustained conventional attack whose effects would be destruction on a massive scale if not bordering on mass destruction. With more than 2 million men under arms and more than 10,000 artillery pieces and the possibility of asymmetrical warfare in case of a conventional defeat, you need not even mention the nuclear trump card. The best strategy against the North is containment, the tried and tested stick and carrot policy as well as the element of time and a credible conventional and nuclear deterrent.
 

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They're unable to stop baloons carrying leaflets from floating over from South Korea and are unable to feed their population....I think you over estimate their risk :p

Yes they may have some old Soviet hardware. But the moment it looks like it was to be mobilised for combat action, drones and planes (that you can bet are always monitoring that place) will sort it out.

The biggest fear is the migrant issues where if the regime topals who are going to take in all those poor brainwashed, largely unskilled people that are behind the times
 

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