Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

A New Engine for a New Satellite Launch Vehicle?

A New Engine for a New Satellite Launch Vehicle?

But Tillerson also called the threat posed by North Korea's weapons programs "imminent" and said the matter has "reached a very alarming state to us".

Trump made the comments to reporters as he departed his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he spent the weekend. "Today, President Donald J Trump held meetings regarding North Korea and China", the White House said in a brief readout of his meetings of the day.

KIM Jong-un has threatened to reduce the U.S. "to ashes" as tensions with North Korea continue to increase.

While building ever better long-range missiles and smaller nuclear warheads to pair with them, North Korea has marked a number of successes in its space program.

The weekend's experiment came as the top U.S. diplomat wrapped up his trip to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing, having declared Washington would drop the "failed" approach of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang.

Earlier in February North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, which is believed to have splashed down into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Saturday's engine test by the North came after Tillerson strongly signaled a hardline policy on the North, saying two decades of diplomatic efforts to disarm the North failed, and the looking at a range of options, including the use of military action.

"North Korea must understand that the only path to a secure, economically prosperous future is to abandon its development of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction", said U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson in Seoul on Friday during his first official Asia trip.

The test was conducted at the Sohae launch site and meant to gauge the thrust power, and the safety and control features of the new engine design.

Last week Tillerson, who was in Seoul, said that Washington would consider military action against North Korea if it was provoked.

'It appears that North Korea has worked out much of its development of the first-stage rocket booster'. "China has done little to help", said the US President.

In a UNSC report, Malaysia Korea Partners Holdings (MKP) was being probed for establishing the International Consortium Bank (ICB) in Pyongyang, via a joint venture.

The South is pushing ahead on both fronts despite disapproval from North Korea's traditional ally China.

The US alleges that these tests have been carried out in violation of the UN Security Council resolution.

Kathleen Stephens, a former US Ambassador to South Korea, said that all these indicates that the US is toughening its stance against North Korea.

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