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Kim Jong-Un declares 'new birth' in North Korea's rocket programme

Kim Jong-Un declares 'new birth' in North Korea's rocket programme

The barbaric leader has claimed the country is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, and news of the rocket engine test indicates North Korea could be close to developing effective long-range missiles.

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 USA and elsewhere believe is questionable.

The reported test came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the U.S.is contemplating a pre-emptive military attack on North Korea and as he was traveling to Beijing. China wants the US and North Korea to negotiate directly; the USA insists Kim Jong Un make a credible show he's willing to give up his nuclear program before talks can begin.

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US President Donald Trump has criticised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he was "acting very, very badly".

In his comments in Seoul, Tillerson laid out details of the US approach, saying it would focus on getting China to better enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

Expert opinions vary on how advanced the North's missile capabilities are, but most agree it has made significant progress in recent years. And that's not an unusual outcome.

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China has called for a dual-track approach on North Korea, urging it to suspend its tests and the United States and South Korea to suspend military exercises so both sides can return to talks.

Still, the world is taking note that North Korea's weapon technology may be improving. "A missile has been launched". "If they shoot a missile, (Japanese) self defense forces will try to shoot them down".

"Some of these technologies which the North Koreans are including in their rocket expansion program actually have to do with a covert method of firing missiles without being detected in advance of actually exploding the devices", Hertling said.

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