North Korea tests new rocket engine, state media says
This Feb. 7, 2016 file image released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed by the Korea News Service (KNS) shows a rocket lifting off, said to be carrying North Korea's Earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, at the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. North Korean space officials are hard at work on a five-year plan that they say will put more satellites into orbit and lay the groundwork for a shot to the moon. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:31PM EDT
TOKYO -- North Korea has tested a new type of high-thrust engine to propel its rockets.
Leader Kim Jong Un attended the test at the Sohae launch site, according to a report by the Korean Central News Agency, which added the test was intended to confirm the engine's thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control system and structural safety.
The report Sunday said the test was a success.
It provided little detail but indicated the engine is to be used for North Korea's space and satellite-launching program. North Korea is banned by the United Nations from conducting long-range missile tests. But it claims its satellite program is for peaceful use, a claim many in the U.S. and elsewhere believe is questionable.