N. Korean Leader Observes New High Performance Engine Test
SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observed the ground jet test of a new high-thrust rocket engine, the country’s state-run media said Sunday, an indication that Pyongyang may engage in future provocation despite warnings by the international community.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim who holds the title of supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, visited the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground to personally inspect the performance of the engine developed by the Academy of the National Defense Science. The report hinted that the test took place on Saturday.
Kim was on hand for another rocket engine test in September of last year after the reclusive country conducted its fifth nuclear test earlier in the month.
The KCNA said he checked the technical specifications of the engine and preparations for the test and gave appropriate instructions. before going up to the observation post to give the order for the test to begin.
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