North Korea conducts another rocket engine test

Claudine Rigal
Июня 24, 2017

While it's not immediately clear what the outcome of the test was, North Korea has long harbored ambitions to build and maintain a credible nuclear weapon arsenal for deterrence or to strike North America.

The United States assessed the Thursday test could be for the smallest stage of an ICBM rocket engine, according to Reuters, which cited an unnamed US official. At least one report says a blast could come as soon as the next few days.

North Korea has offered the U.S. the possibility for a moratorium on its nuclear and missile tests.

Mark Fitzpatrick, International Strategic Studies says, "I Am pretty sure that North Korea would be ready to test a nuclear weapon nearly whenever they make a political decision to do so".

South Korea began developing Hyunmoo-2 after a 2012 agreement with its USA ally to increase the range of its weapons by 800 kilometers (497 miles) and raise the warhead limit to 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds).

When Moon won South Korea's presidency last month, he was seen as likely to return to the "Sunshine Policy" of engaging with North Korea through dialogue and economic aid.

They also said that military options for North Korea have recently been updated, and will be presented to President Donald Trump for a decision to act if there is a nuclear test.

In the latest of its constant ballistic missile provocations, in early June, North Korea fired several anti-ship cruise missiles.

North Korea has reportedly tested a rocket engine that could be used on an intercontinental ballistic missile. The previous intercept test, conducted in February, had been successful.

Saying that he wanted to evaluate South Korea's missile capability for himself, Moon added that he is now reassured. Aside of expanding its missile arsenal, South Korea is also strengthening its missile defense systems, which include Patriot-based systems and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery now under deployment in the southeast county of Seongju.

South Korea began developing Hyunmoo-2 after a 2012 agreement with its ally, the United States, to increase the range of its weapons to 800 kilometers (500 miles) and raise the warhead limit to 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds).

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