North Korea’s latest rocket engine test indicated that the isolated country is making “meaningful progress” in its efforts to build more rockets and missiles.
North Korea had conducted a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine, The New York Times reported today.
"The test heralded a new birth of the country’s rocket industry and the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries," North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un was quoted as saying.
Further, South Korea admitted Monday that the test represented a breakthrough. Lee Jin-woo, a spokesman at the Defense Ministry, said that the test showed that North is developing a more sophisticated rocket engine.
The model that the North tested included a cluster consisting of a main engine and four vernier thrusters, smaller engines used to adjust the craft’s velocity and stability.
The country has also renovated and expanded the gantry tower and other facilities at the launch site to accommodate more rockets.
The test of the rocket engine took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in Tongchang-ri, in northwestern North Korea, where the country fired a carrier rocket in February of last year to place its Kwangmyongsong, or Shining Star, satellite into orbit.
The Unha rocket used in the launch, if reconfigured as a missile, could fly more than 7,400 miles with a warhead of 1,100 to 1,300 pounds which is enough to reach the United States, South Korean defense officials said following the launch.
US is eyeing to deploy Gray Eagle unmanned attack aircraft to its military base in Gunsan city of South Korea to enhance its strike capabilities against ground targets in North Korea. “They will be stationed at Kunsan Air Base, 180 km (112 miles) south of Seoul and would be permanently based in South Korea” United States Forces Korea spokesman Christopher Bush was quoted as saying by
US has planned to deliver "X-band" radar, a main component of the advanced US missile defense system, by end of this month to South Korea. The two missile launchers and other equipment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system arrived Monday night, at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul,
The United States has begun the process of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system - an advanced missile defense system to South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported citing a military official. The first elements of the system, including two launchers, arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, Monday, the US and Seoul militaries told the news agency on Tuesday
North Korea has launched four missiles, which flew more than 600 miles across the country before splashing into the sea between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The four missiles were fired from a known launch site on North Koreas west coast, not far from the border with China, at 7:36 a
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