N. Korea calls for satellite launch after ‘successfully’ testing new rocket engine
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 21, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Tuesday it has “successfully” tested a powerful new rocket engine and ordered preparations to launch a satellite, signaling it is determined to advance its missile program despite threats of new sanctions.
The claim, which came more than two weeks after the North conducted its fifth underground nuclear test, raised concerns that Pyongyang is preparing for another long-range rocket launch.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the ground test, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. It did not give the date of the test, as is customary.
The ruling party’s official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, published photos purporting to show Kim at the Sohae Space Center test site, smiling as officials around him applaud, in Tuesday's edition.