China pushes back on USA 'all options' North Korea tough talk
Mar 20 2017
The announcement suggests North Korea tested a rocket engine for a long-range missile as part of its weapons program.
The news agency added: "He emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries". Trump said administration officials had meetings during the weekend about North Korea, among other issues.
Earlier this month, North Korea conducted an Extended Range (ER) Scud missile test, which is believed to have taken place near the launch station as well.
North Korea is believed to be trying to develop a nuclear missile that could reach the United States.
North Korea has stepped up its efforts to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the USA mainland, although experts are divided on how close it is to reaching its stated goal.
The news agency added that Kim Jong Un studied the engine's technical specifications ahead of the test and then guided the test.
On Saturday, China urged the Trump administration to remain "coolheaded" over North Korea and not to turn its back on dialogue.
The report hinted the new engine could be used to put a satellite in orbit.
The U.S.is now undergoing a review of its North Korea policy, with President Donald Trump dispatching Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the region for meetings in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing, as Washington grapples with the seemingly intractable issue.
The test occurred as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was due to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the start of the test and oversaw it from an observation post, the KCNA reported.
"I do not deny there are several individuals, including North Koreans, involved in the assassination and we will use legal channels to apprehend them".
Space rockets have a similar design to intercontinental ballistic missiles.
In an interview published on Saturday, Mr Tillerson called the North Korea threat "imminent".
While the Obama Administration's cyber war against North Korea may have partially disrupted its missile program, the latest "testing" suggests the hack attacks are no longer working.