NoKor tests new rocket engine

North Korea test fires four ballistic missiles

North Korea's test of a rocket engine Sunday showed "meaningful" signs of progress, according to South Korean officials.

He said the equipment tested "appears to have one main engine with four auxiliary engines connected to it".

Yesterday the U.S. hinted that it would consider a pre-emptive strike on North Korea - as President Trump took aim at the country's despotic regime.

"The Korean peninsula nuclear issue in nature is an issue between the United States and the DPRK", Wang said, using the acronym for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Tillerson's visit in Asia is part meant to focus on how to deal with Pyonyang's nuclear and missile programme.

This is North Korea's new intermediate-range ballistic missile "Pukguksong-2", launched at Banghyon air base in North Phyongan Province on February 12, 2017.

On Friday, Arab sources claimed that weapons being trucked across northern Syria near Palmyra towards a Hezbollah terrorist base in Lebanon, destroyed in an air strike by the Israel Air Force, were advanced North Korean missiles. He also said a "new approach" is necessary for the North, while emphasizing that conditions for talks with Pyongyang are "not ripe".

Space and security analyst Markus Schiller suggested on Twitter that the effusive press release put out by KCNA could indicate that "they are finally running their first indigenous engine". "And I think makes it less likely that we'll get the type of cooperation from South Korea or China because they want to understand what our policy is".

"All options are on the table", Tillerson said.

Earlier this month, North Korea fired off four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, reportedly reaching within 120 miles of Japan's shoreline.

Malaysia is going after several newly identified individuals, including an "important person", to assist in investigations into the alleged Feb 13 murder of Mr Kim Jong Nam, which has sparked a heated row with Pyongyang.

"(The test) was clearly aimed to put pressure on China and to expose the fecklessness of Tillerson's threat to somehow stop the regime", he said.

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