Hereditary dictator Kim Jong Un attended a test Saturday at the Sohae launch site, state media reports. They said the test was intended to confirm the “new type” of engine’s thrust power and determine the reliability of it’s control system and stability.
The Korean Central News Agency reports that Kim called the test “a great event of historic significance.”
He also said the “whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries” and claimed the test marks what will be known as the “March 18 revolution” in the development of the country’s rocket industry.
The engine is supposedly to be used for North Korea’s space and satellite-launching program.
All this is happening while the country is officially banned by the United Nations from conducting any long-range missile tests. It claims, however, it’s satellite program is strictly for “peaceful use,” but few believe that.
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