North Korea conducts rocket engine test

Cheryl Sanders
June 24, 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday oversaw a missile test, which his office said was "aimed at sending a clear warning against North Korea's repeated provocations".

Moon today revealed that the original diplomatic deal on THAAD, reached before his election, was to deploy a single launcher in 2017 and five additional launchers in 2018, but that the United States had "mysteriously accelerated" that before the election. President Moon Jae-in was at the site observing the successful test-firing.

South Korea's government froze the installation of the extra launchers earlier this month, pending an environmental assessment.

He quoted Moon as saying he supported dialogue, however, "dialogue is only possible when we have a strong military and engagement policies are only possible when we have the security capability to dominate North Korea". The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.

One official said he believed the test had taken place within the past 24 hours.

The indigenous missile known as Hyunmoo-2 has an estimated range of 800 Kilometers that covers all of the North, and will be deployed following two more tests.

South Korea began developing Hyunmoo-2 after a 2012 agreement with its US ally to increase the range of its weapons by 800 km and raise the warhead limit to 500 kilograms.

Moon's visit to the missile test site came a day after he said in an interview with Reuters that stronger global sanctions should be imposed on North Korea if it tests another nuclear weapon or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

The New York Times reported the missile was capable of hitting any part of North Korea.

North Korea's state media, which is normally quick to publicize successful missile-related developments, did not carry any reports on the engine test. After the revision of a previous agreement, South Korea was allowed to develop a missile with a range of up to 800 kilometers.

"We watch North Korea's actions closely".

If fired from the southernmost Jeju Island, a Hyunmoo-2C missile still could hit a target in the northwestern North Korean city of Sinuiju, which borders China.

"Despite our efforts for peace, North Korea has been posing threats upon the security of the Korean Peninsula, which is deplorable", Moon said in his speech at the commemorative ceremony marking the 67th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.

Other reports by iNewsToday