North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a “high-propellant solid fuel engine” for a new strategic weapon, according to reports from media state friday.
This is a development that could allow it to have an arsenal of more ICBMs mobile and undetectable that it could reach the US mainland.
The official Central Korean News Agency reported that the “test constant launch” on Thursday of a rocket engine in a missile launch facility in the country’s northwest was the first of its kind in North Korea. He stated that the test it provided “a definite scientific and technical guarantee for the development of another strategic weapon system of a new type.”
Kim praised the scientists and technicians behind the testsaying he expected the new weapon to be manufactured “in the shortest period of time,” according to the KCNA news agency.
North Korea is most likely referring to the solid-fuel ICBM, which is one of a series of high-tech weapon systems Kim pledged to unveil at a major congress of the ruling Workers’ Party earlier of last year. Other weapon systems Kim has promised to build include a multi-barreled missile, submarine nuclear missiles and spy satellites.
The last one test of the engine showed that North Korea is determined to implement Kim’s commitments to develop advanced weapons systems despite internal difficulties related to the Corona pandemic and US-led international pressure to curb its nuclear program.
In recent months, North Korea has tested barrages of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, including the long-range Hwasong-17 missile, which is designed to carry multiple warheads.
Some experts say North Korea will eventually use its expanded arsenal to demand sanctions relief and other concessions from the United States.
“We have been waiting for a long time test like that,” says Ankit Panda, an expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “Large-diameter solid-fuel rocket engines would allow North Korea to field larger submarine-launched missiles, and more importantly, tougher and more responsive ICBMs.
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