N. Korea claims successful test of new rocket: KCNA
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N. Korea claims successful test of new rocket: KCNA

2016/09/20 07:10

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has successfully conducted the ground test of a new rocket engine, the country's state-run news agency reported Tuesday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited the Sohae Space Center in the North's western region to guide the test of "a new type high-power engine of a carrier rocket for the geo-stationary satellite," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in an English dispatch.

The successful manufacturing of the engine provides sufficient carrier capability for launching various kinds of satellites, including Earth observation satellites, the KCNA said, adding the launch was ordered by Kim.

It was Kim's first reported public appearance to a military-related event since the country conducted its fifth nuclear test on Sept. 9.

pbr@yna.co.kr

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