Saturday, April 9, 2016
North Korea holds ground test of intercontinental ballistic missile engine in presence of Kim Jong-un.
North Korea holds ground test of intercontinental ballistic missile engine in presence of Kim Jong-un. (Tass).
North Korea has conducted a ground test of the engine of a new-type intercontinental ballistic missile, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
The country’s leader Kim Jong-un was supervising the test at the Sohae range, the report said.
Kim compared the test with "a milestone event in the cause of strengthening the DPRK’s defense capability shortly before the seventh congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea" to be held in early May 2016.
He said the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea now has "access to another type of nuclear attack on American imperialists and other hostile forces.".
The news agency quoted Kim as saying, "Now the DPRK can tip new type inter-continental ballistic rockets with more powerful nuclear warheads and keep any cesspool of evils in the earth including the U.S. mainland within our striking range and reduce them to ashes so that they may not survive in our planet."
KCNA lauded that the latest technology was developed by North Korean scientists in what was called an "eye-catching event which demonstrated our national defense capability before the world."
Such bombastic rhetoric and annual threats are common from North Korea during this time of the year. Every spring, tensions on the peninsula increases as U.S. forces hold joint military exercises with South Korea. The two exercises, "Key Resolve" and "Foal Eagle," will run until April 30.