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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the combat drill of the service personnel of the special operation battalion of KPA Unit 525 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on December 11, 2016

    North Korea Claims to Have Tested New High-Thrust Rocket Engine

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    North Korea has conducted a successful ground jet test of a new high performance rocket engine at Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, local media reported Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was present at the test of the engine, developed by the Academy of the National Defense Science, and noted its historic importance for the rocket industry, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    The news agency added that Kim Jong Un studied the engine's technical specifications ahead of the test and then guided the test.

    Last Friday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States' strategic patience with North Korea has ended, and warned that "all options are on the table" for Washington when dealing with Pyongyang, including military intervention.

    On March 6, media reported that North Korea fired four ballistic missiles, and three landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone. According to the Japanese Defense Ministry, the missiles did not inflict any damages. South Korean military claimed that the missiles had flown more than 600 miles. Pyongyang said that the launches were a successful drill to strike US military facilities located in Japan.

    The six-party talks launched in 2003 aimed to end North Korea's nuclear program via negotiations involving the United States, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and North Korea.

    The negotiations reached a stalemate when North Korea withdrew from the talks in 2009 and has since carried out multiple nuclear and ballistic missile tests.


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      6 party talks - too little to late?
    • RedBanner
      "Last Friday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States' strategic patience with North Korea has ended, and warned that "all options are on the table" for Washington when dealing with Pyongyang, including military intervention."

      If only a US X NK military conflict did not affect the whole world, maybe I wouldn't mind watching both annihilating each other (the world would get rid of two major evils in just one round) .
      The problem is that a nuclear conflict, wherever it might happen in the world, and even if only on a "small" (local) scale, would obviously have very serious repercussions on the whole planet! And that can't be allowed.
      So Mr Tillerson, please, have a seat, and have a talk with whoever you may have to talk with, to find a peaceful solution for the current tensions.
      Making threats has never resolved nothing at all, it only, and always, makes things get worst!
    • avatar
      The USA listens to only one argument: the nuclear bomb. North Korea must therefore complete the development of its nuclear and ICBM capabilities as soon as possible.
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      Lickie Weeks
      Eating all that yummy food, makes you look a little pudgy after awhile.
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      The Usa terror state has over 60 Years provoke North Korea !!! no daub !!!
      The Usa has not got any result out of this !!!
      The only result was North Korea is a country with a Nuclear power !!! and Rockets !!!
      Seams the Usa is more as dumb !!! Bravo North Korea !!!
    • arpito
      the Amricans are conveniently forget to mention that they have bombed NK to such an extent that there were no buildings left above 1 storey high in the entire country. As a result, almost every substantial building in North Korea was destroyed.[307][308] The war's highest-ranking American POW, U.S. Major General William F. Dean,[309] reported that most of the North Korean cities and villages he saw were either rubble or snow-covered wastelands.[310][311] North Korean factories, schools, hospitals, and government offices were forced to move underground, and air defenses were "virtually non-existent."[306] In November 1950, the North Korean leadership instructed their population to build dugouts and mud huts, as well as dig underground tunnels, in order to solve the acute housing problem.[312] U.S. Air Force General Curtis LeMay commented, "we went over there and fought the war and eventually burned down every town in North Korea anyway, some way or another, and some in South Korea, too."[313] Pyongyang, which saw 75 percent of its area destroyed, was so devastated that bombing was halted as there were no longer any worthy targets.[314][315] On 28 November, Bomber Command reported on the campaign's progress: 95 percent of Manpojin was destroyed, along with 90 percent of Hoeryong, Namsi and Koindong, 85 percent of Chosan, 75 percent of both Sakchu and Huichon, and 20 percent of Uiju. According to USAF damage assessments, "eighteen of twenty-two major cities in North Korea had been at least half obliterated."[316] By the end of the campaign, US bombers had difficulty in finding targets and were reduced to bombing footbridges or jettisoning their bombs into the sea.[317]
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      gbiyanjuin reply toTolerance(Show commentHide comment)
      The only language the us understands is one that practically makes clear that the nation it seeks to bully can thermally annihilate its troops facilities and allies abroad, and if need be turn effectively repay in kind on US homeland if the us uses a nuclear bomb on the "victim"
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      gbiyanjuin reply toarpito(Show commentHide comment)
      And you expect a country with such prior experience not to develop weapons to make the aggressor pay a very painful price next time it tries?
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