N.Korea rocket test shows 'meaningful progress'

N.Korea rocket test shows 'meaningful progress'

North Korea has conducted a test of a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station.

North Korean media did not disclose the test date, but the announcement was timed with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Asia.

North Korea has been referring to the deceased as Kim Chol, the name that appeared in the victim's passport, and has rejected the police findings that VX was used to kill him.

North Korea formally insists the rockets are for its space program. "North Korea is behaving very badly", he wrote, Friday.

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Lavrov said the installation of the THAAD system was "a response completely out of proportion" to the threat from North Korea. Japan now has Patriot PAC-3 systems, which form the basis of the country's ground part of missile defense.

"The most important principle we have identified is that no matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek a peaceful settlement", Wang said on Saturday.

The chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) declared that his country is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. The U.S. has called on China to apply more pressure to North Korea, and to end trade sanctions directed at South Korea due to the South's hosting of American anti-missile defence systems.

"It is unlikely that North Korea now has a nuclear weapon that weighs as little as 1,000 kg (2,200 lb)".

A growing threat from the North has prompted Seoul and Washington to begin installing a powerful U.S. missile defence system in the South - angering Beijing, which views it as a threat to China's own missile capabilities.

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He cautioned against underestimating the country's capabilities, pointing to recent submarine launches.

The US alleges that these tests have been carried out in violation of the UN Security Council resolution.

Asserting that the cause which intensifies tension on the peninsula lies in South Korea-U.S. joint military drills, the paper said the United States is the very main culprit of provocations and threats that is carrying out exercises against the North day and night. While in Tokyo he had said that efforts over the past 20 years to prevent a nuclear North Korea had failed.

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