North Korea Possibly Takes 'Dangerous Step' Towards Hitting US With A Rocket

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

US President Donald Trump criticized North Korean leader Kim Jong while departing his Mar-a-lago resort in Florida on Sunday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has signaled that the US will take a more aggressive approach to North Korea's missile and nuclear program, including possibly through pre-emptive military action.

Trump, while talking to reporters commented on Jong that he was "acting very, very badly".

As multiple nuclear and missile tests have taken place since Kim succeeded his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011, the US and South Korea have been ratcheting up pressure against North Korea, calling for a commitment to denuclearization before the resumption of any dialogue.

Tillerson said that a so-called "strategic patience" policy toward Pyongyang has ended, referring to the U.S. foreign policy in the past decade under which Washington had refrained from having talks with Pyongyang before its honest efforts at denuclearisation.

Washington-based think-tank 38 North said last week satellite imagery indicated activity at the site's vertical engine stand, possibly in preparation for a rocket engine test.

After launching four ballistic missiles earlier this month, North Korea has now "successfully" conducted a ground test of a "high-thrust" rocket engine which will help launch satellites.

Kim attended Saturday's test at the Sohae launch site, according to the Korean Central News Agency, which said the test was meant to confirm the "new type" of engine's thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control system and structural safety.

Information on the company's website states that ICB is licensed by North Korea's central bank in accordance with the communist state's foreign investment laws, the daily said. -South Korea wargames just south of the Demilitarized Zone and often conducts some sort of high-profile operation of its own in protest.

"The world will soon witness what eventful significance" its most recent rocket engine test would have, the report added.

Analysts are also cautious that the North's latest engine test could be a risky step taking the reclusive country closer to possessing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) - which are capable of reaching the United States mainland.

In South Korea on Friday, he said a USA military response would be on the table if North Korea threatened South Korea or United States forces.

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

"I don t deny we are targeting new individuals including North Korean nationals involved in this murder and we will use all legal channels to apprehend them".

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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