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North Korea says rocket engine test has ‘historic significance’
March 19, 2017
TOKYO — Kim Jong Un has presided over a rocket engine test “of historic significance,” North Korean state media said Sunday, a test that coincided with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to neighboring China. The rocket engine that North Korea tested appeared to be powered with liquid fuel, according to Melissa Hanham, an expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, rather than the solid fuel the government’s engineers have been working on recently. “There is nothing about this rocket engine itself that makes me more terrified, but taken as a whole, it’s pretty clear that they are trying to give us proof of their growing missile program,” Hanham said. [...] North Korea has fired a medium-range missile that appeared to show significant technological advances.