Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

North Korea tests rocket engine even as U.S. mulls tough action

North Korea tests rocket engine even as U.S. mulls tough action

State news agency said Kim had overseen the operation, and "emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries", KCNA reported, hinting that the North could use the new engine to launch a rocket to put a satellite in orbit. The daily says the man is believed to be Chang Nam-un, a man in his mid-30s, and it says he's believed to have played a significant role in Kim Jong-nam's murder.

Kim, meanwhile, said at the latest test that the country's field munitions industry made a series of unprecedented successes and instilled dynamism in the people.

Siti Aisyah left Batam in Indonesia to Johor in Malaysia on February 2 and there is no record of her returning to Indonesia since then, said Indonesian Immigration spokesman Agung Sampurno.

NST said the seven men quietly stood by surrounding Mr Kim as he was attacked by the two women. There are fears his 21-year-old son, Kim Han-Sol, could be targeted next.

The portly Mr Kim, who travelled frequently throughout south-east Asia under the name Kim Chol, told staff at an airport clinic that he had been sprayed with poison.

The hospital in Kuala Lumpur where Kim Jong-nam's body is being kept.

Japanese and South Korean authorities are also aware of Chang, based on Malaysia police information, the source said.

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He was commenting on whether Mr Kim Jong-nam's family had sought to claim the deceased's body following the revelation that a family member had handed over DNA samples for the process of identification.

Of the seven, four suspects, believed to have flown out of Malaysia the same day as the attack and now in Pyongyang, have been put on Interpol's Red Notice list, known to be the closest instrument to an global arrest warrant.

The DPRK's Saturday could have been the "final test" of the carrier rocket for the geostationary satellite that was observed by Kim Jong Un in September past year, Kim Dong-yup, a researcher at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies told NK News.

The story Malaysia hunts four North Korean spies over Kim Jong-nam's assassination first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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