North Korea dares again, conducts another rocket engine test

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

Officials with the secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, North Korea's organization for South Korean affairs, were also reportedly included among the Korean Taekwon-Do Committee officials visiting with the demonstration team.

South Korea's military plans to deploy the Hyunmoo-2, which is created to hit targets as far as 800 kilometers (497 miles), after conducting two more test firings.

Despite global condemnation, North Korea has increased its missile tests, with the aim of developing an intercontinental nuclear-armed rocket.

North Korea has staged five missile tests for intermediate and medium-range missiles since Moon came into office on May 10.

It could be one stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) engine that would be able to reach the USA, the officials said.

"President Moon visited the test site at the Agency for Defense Development this morning, where he observed the test-firing of the ballistic missile and inspected the readiness posture against possible missile threats from North Korea", Blue House spokesperson Park Soo-hyun said in a briefing.

Do stated that he intends to discuss possible ways to ensure North Korea's participation at Pyeongchang 2018 with the IOC.

One official said he believed the test had taken place within the past 24 hours.

Their meeting will likely entail somewhat painstaking discussions on many urgent issues, such as North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile capabilities and the now suspended deployment of the US missile shield to South Korea.

"When the world says that it hopes China can do even more, I don't know what "do even more" refers to", Geng told a daily news briefing in Beijing on Friday.

President Moon Jae-In heads to Washington next week to meet Trump for the first time since taking office in May, as tensions soar on the Korean peninsula over Kim Jong-Un's nuclear weapons programme. North Korea didn't participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. While that has been a non-starter for the United States, experts say this could be an opening gambit from Pyongyang.

"It (new sanctions) must be sufficiently strong enough that it would prevent North Korea from making any additional provocations, and also strong enough that it will make North Korea realize that they are going down the wrong path", he said in a recent interview with Reuters.

In March, Jang reportedly said in Japan that there was no reason for the North to stay away from the Olympics, but that the games would be hosted by South Korea.

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