No security breach in Kim Jong Nam murder: Malaysian official

21 March, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the ground jet test of a new high-thrust rocket engine on early Saturday morning, state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday morning.

Trump made the comments to reporters as he departed his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he spent the weekend.

Separately, the U.S. is not sure whether North Korea's military is capable of miniaturizing a nuclear warhead so that it could be mounted on a rocket, such as an ICBM, though Pyongyang has claimed this capability and USA officials have said that they incorporate that ability in their planning assumptions.

North Korea claims its satellite program is part of a peaceful space program, but the US and its allies believe it's a cover for a banned ballistic-missile program. "Trump stated that North Korea had been "'playing' the United States for years".

Malaysian police said yesterday that they are hunting for more North Korean suspects over the killing of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The development, not confirmed elsewhere, comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits China - Pyongyang's main ally.

"The other piece is when you're talking about an intercontinental ballistic missile, the types of warheads and the amount of weight that are in the missile itself have to be launched off of a pad".

North Korea has a five-year plan to launch more Earth observation satellites and its first geostationary communications satellite - which would be a major technological advance.

"There was a misunderstanding related to the North Korea-Malaysia joint-venture company which was set in Malaysia in 2005".

United States aerospace expert John Schilling said the engine appeared too big for any ICBM North Korea was working on but would be a good fit for the second stage of a new space rocket it is planning to build. "All options are on the table".

Mr Tillerson said the USA did not want a military conflict, but if North Korea took actions that threatened South Korean forces or U.S. forces, "that would be met with [an] appropriate response".

He has already accused China of doing too little to help curb Pyongyang's weapons drive.

North Korea has yet to develop an ICBM largely due to the country's clear inability to master atmospheric re-entry; however, Pyongyang may soon push for a test of the first stage.

Kim's downfall also could come from the growth of a market economy within North Korea, said Thae, who is now an analyst at the Institute for National Security Strategy, a research organization affiliated with South Korea's National Intelligence Service.

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