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North Korea has conducted a test of a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was “a new birth” of its rocket industry, the reclusive North’s official media said on Sunday.
“Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and North Korea will not be severed, as we need to continue communicating with them to find a solution,” Najib said.
U.S. president Donald Trump’s aides are pressing to complete a strategy review on how to counter Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear threats.
The talks would be the clearest indication yet that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to communicate with the new Trump administration.
Malaysian police made a third arrest on Thursday in hunt for people involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam.
Malaysian police detained a second woman suspected of involvement in assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Nam was known to spend a significant amount of time outside North Korea, traveling in Macau and Hong Kong as well as mainland China, and has been caught in the past using forged travel documents.
Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un are both sons of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in late 2011, but they had different mothers.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and his administration indicated that Washington would have a calibrated response to avoid escalating tensions.
Kim reminds North Koreans of his absolute power. He earmarked $180 million in spending toward construction of 460 monuments honoring his family’s regime.
“If there is anything the Obama administration has done… it has put the security of the US mainland in the greatest danger,” the editorial in read.
North Korean FM Ri Yong Ho said North Korea “will continue to take measures to strengthen its national nuclear armed forces in quantity and quality.”
“As we’ve made clear, measures to strengthen the national nuclear power in quality and quantity will continue,” KCNA added.
“That’s largest DPRK test to date, 20-30kt, at least. Not a happy day,” Jeffrey Lewis, California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies said.
Thae Yong-ho’s defection follows a string of recent such flights by North Koreans, including 12 waitresses at a North Korean restaurant in China who defected to South Korea earlier this year.
Neighbouring Japan, the United States, and South Korea’s military condemned the missile launch as a flagrant violation of UN sanctions.
“We have the sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theatre,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un as saying.
“It fully confirmed and reinforced the reliability of the Korean-style underwater launching system and perfectly met all technical requirements,” KCNA said.
Kim was accompanied by senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan.
South Korea yesterday said the submarines, comprising about 70 per cent of a North Korean submarine fleet, had left their home ports. Read more.