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North Korea conducts ground test of new rocket engine, disregards international warnings

The test comes as US and China begin discussions on a possible UN sanction in response to the September 9 nuclear test. Photograph: (AFP)

WION North Korea Sep 20, 2016, 01.21 AM (IST)
Dismissing all international warnings to end its nuclear programme, North Korea has carried out another successful test for a high-power rocket engine. 

North Korea's state media reported that Tuesday's ground test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites was conducted under leader Kim Jong Un's supervision.

KCNA said the engine would give the country "sufficient carrier capability for launching various kinds of satellites, including Earth observation satellite at a world level".

It is the latest in a rapid succession of missile-tests conducted by the isolated state this year and could further advance Pyongyang's weapons programme. 

After the test, Kim Jong-Un called on scientists "to round off the preparations for launching the satellite as soon as possible."
The North indicated it may soon launch another long-range rocket. 

North Korea insisted it will continue its nuclear programme despite the five sets of United Nations sanctions against it. 

In February, it launched a satellite testing its long-range ballistic missile technology.

Earlier this month, it had successfully conducted its most powerful nuclear test mounting a warhead on a missile. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)

 
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