North Korea has likely mastered the technology to power the different stages of an intercontinental ballistic missile as they launched their missile test on ‘Fourth of July’. Pyongyang’s official said, it was a “gift” to “American bastards”.
After personally overseeing the launch, the Korean Central News Agency reported, ‘leader Kim Jong-Un said American bastards would not be very happy with this gift sent on Independence Day’.
Breaking into peals of laughter he added, “We should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom”.
North Korean state media announced its latest rocket-engine test on Sunday, saying it would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite-launch capability, indicating a new type of rocket engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The test showed “meaningful” progress, a spokesman for South Korea’s Defence Ministry said on Monday, with the firing of a main engine and four auxiliary engines as part of the development of a new rocket booster.
The announcement of the test came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Beijing at the end of his first visit to Asia for talks dominated by concern about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
“Through this test, it is found that engine function has made meaningful progress but further analysis is needed for exact thrust and possible uses,” Lee Jin-woo, the spokesman for the South Korean defense ministry, told a briefing.
North Korea’s state media released pictures of the high-thrust engine test overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, and reported him hailing it as “a new birth” of its rocket industry.
A South Korean expert on rocket engineering said the test was ominous.
“This was a comprehensive test for the first-stage rocket for an ICBM, and that is why it was dangerous,” Kim Dong-yub of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul told Reuters.
North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in defiance of U.N. resolutions, and is believed by experts and government officials to be working to develop nuclear-warhead missiles that could reach the United States.
Leader Kim Jong Un said this year the country was close to test-launching an ICBM.
Kim’s ambition is believed to be to develop a launch vehicle able to strike a part of the continental United States, most likely Alaska, just over 5,000 km (3,000 miles) from the North’s missile test site.