North Korea Tests New Rocket Engine, Another Move Towards Long-Range Missile

Posted March 20, 2017

He said Xi and US President Donald Trump must have more talks as he assured that the president of the free world recognised "very high value" on interactions with the Chinese president. In fact, prior to American and South Korean forces holding their joint military drills (which started on March 13), the DPRK issued a nuclear threat.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the start of the test and oversaw it from an observation post, the KCNA reported. Tillerson also visited South Korea and China before wrapping up his first visit to Asia as a Secretary of State.

North Korea on Monday hinted at additional provocations by vowing that it will continue to take nuclear deterrent steps against the U.S.' hard-line policy toward it. "North Korea is behaving very badly", he wrote, Friday.

March 20: Reacting to Pyongyang's latest high-thrust rocket engine test, U.S President Donald Trump has said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was "acting very, very badly".

Meanwhile, Khalid said the police were still waiting for cooperation from the North Korean government to hand over the four suspects, namely Rhi Ji-hyon, 33, Hong Song-hac, 34, O Jong-gil, 55, and Ri Jae-nam, 57, who were believed to be in Pyongyang.

The two officials' comments underscored how the contours of the debate over North Korea haven't changed even though Tillerson's State Department says 20 years of diplomacy to curtail Pyongyang have failed.

Euan Graham, director of global security at Australia's Lowy Institute, said the North Korea's twin civilian and military rocket programs may have "become so sophisticated they're moving on separate tracks".

Earlier this month, North Korea fired off four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, reportedly reaching within 120 miles of Japan's shoreline.

Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, left, and Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah Mat brief the media on Sunday on the killing of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Let's not forget the ideological aspect of this", Graham said.