North Korea Tests Powerful New Rocket Engine

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the ground jet test of a high-thrust engine on screens at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Saturday

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the ground jet test of a high-thrust engine on screens at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Saturday

In a rare admission, South Korea has acknowledged that North Korea's latest rocket engine test was a major improvement.

March 20: Reacting to Pyongyang's latest high-thrust rocket engine test, U.S President Donald Trump has said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was "acting very, very badly".

The United States and China have pledged to work together to get the North to take "a different course" and move away from its weapons programmes after U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson met his Chinese counterpart on Saturday.

Malaysian authorities have announced that the hunt is continuing for more suspects in the controversial case related to the killing of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"North Korea is behaving very badly".

He added that North Korea is highly likely to either conduct its sixth nuclear test or fire an ICBM missile next month amid rising signs of the North's preparation for the underground nuclear test.

North Korea Is 'Acting Very, Very Badly'
Speaking in South Korea on Friday, Tillerson said that military action against the secretive state was an 'option'. North Korea has conducted a series of missile launches this month, including four on March 6, KCNA reported.

Trump made the comments to reporters while departing his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he spent the weekend.

The test launch comes after Kim Jong-un threatened to unleash a "merciless" attack on America and South Korea if joint military exercises between the two countries continued.

When asked about potential military action, Tillerson said the USA would prefer to avoid an armed conflict with North Korea.

The United States has long called on China to do more to rein in its ally, North Korea. Airport CCTV footage shows them approaching the 45-year-old victim and apparently smearing his face with a piece of cloth.

While he did not refer specifically to the rocket-engine test, he said Kim Jong Un was "acting very, very badly". During his stay here, he signaled that Washington, which is now carrying out a North Korea policy review, would take a tougher line, saying all options including military action are "on the table".

Pyongyang's latest missile engine test came while Washington's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, is traveling to three Asian nations - Japan, South Korea and China. -South Korea wargames just south of the Demilitarized Zone and often conducts some sort of high-profile operation of its own in protest. "It appears that North Korea has worked out much of its development of the first-stage rocket booster".

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