North Korea "One Step Closer To ICBM Launch" After Successful Test Of "New Type" Rocket Engine

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One day after Rex Tillerson warned that the US is contemplating a pre-emptive military attack on North Korea, the isolated nation announced it has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a "revolutionary breakthrough" for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday's test at the Sohae launch site, according to the Korean Central News Agency, which said the test was intended to confirm the "new type" of engine's thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control system and structural safety.

A previous demonstration of a "new rocket engine" in this undated photo released
by North Korea's KCNA in Pyongyang September 20, 2016

Kim called the test "a great event of historic significance" for the country's indigenous rocket industry, the KCNA report said. He also said the "whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries" and claimed the test marks what will be known as the "March 18 revolution" in the development of the country's rocket industry. The report indicated that the engine is to be used for North Korea's space and satellite-launching program.

The claim of a successful test of the high-thrust rocket engine would put North Korea a step closer to being able to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, as Mr. Kim said the country would do this year in his new-year address, the WSJ reported.

North Korea is banned by the United Nations from conducting long-range missile tests, but it claims its satellite program is for peaceful use, a claim many in the U.S. and elsewhere believe is questionable.

As AP further reports, North Korean officials have said that under a five-year plan, they intend to launch more Earth observation satellites and what would be the country's first geostationary communications satellite — which would be a major technological advance. Getting that kind of satellite into place would likely require a more powerful engine than its previous ones. The North also claims it is trying to build a viable space program that would include a moon launch within the next 10 years.

Saturday’s engine test, at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station, near its border with China, came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was en route to Beijing for a series of meetings with Chinese leadership that were to include discussions about how to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear threat. On Friday, Tillerson told reporters in Seoul that the U.S. wasn't interested in conducting direct talks with North Korea to halt its weapons program, saying instead that tighter sanctions enforcement and the possibility of a military strike were being considered as part of a continuing North Korea policy review by the White House.

“All options are on the table,” Tillerson said.

It's unclear whether this test was deliberately timed to coincide with Tillerson's visit, but Pyongyang has been highly critical of ongoing U.S.-South Korea wargames just south of the Demilitarized Zone and often conducts some sort of high-profile operation of its own in protest. Earlier this month, it fired off four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, reportedly reaching within 200 kilometers (120 miles) of Japan's shoreline.

Japan, which was Tillerson's first stop before traveling to South Korea and China, recently held its first civilian missile evacuation drill over concerns of an unexpected North Korean attack. 

While building ever better long-range missiles and smaller nuclear warheads to pair with them, North Korea has marked a number of successes in its space program. It launched its latest satellite — the Kwangmyongsong 4, or Brilliant Star 4 — into orbit on Feb. 7 last year, just one month after conducting what it claims was its first hydrogen-bomb test. It put its first satellite in orbit in 2012, a feat few other countries have achieved. In 2013, rival South Korea launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first time, though it needed Russian help to build the rocket's first stage.

In a controversial attempt to contain the threat from a potential North Korean missile attack, last week, the US military also began the deployment of its THAAD anti-missile system in S. Korea, despite Russia and China objecting to the move as being “counter-productive.” Beijing said THAAD's deployment was harming the “regional strategic balance,” since it might damage China's nuclear deterrent capabilities and potentially fuel US first-strike ideas. Moscow said Washington was “instigating an arms race in the subregion.”

“We do not oppose South Korean taking necessary measures to protect its security, but these measures cannot be based upon harming the security interests of South Korea's friendly neighbor, China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday, as quoted by Reuters. Washington and Seoul however continue to maintain that the deployment of THAAD is a “defensive” measure against Pyongyang, and countries “other than North Korea” have nothing to worry about, according to US Defense Secretary James Mattis.

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DingleBarryObummer's picture

Notice how there's never any video of NK gov guys speaking in english about this stuff. 

Just "reports."

Belrev's picture

Trump "nazi" billboard goes up in Phoenix, Arizona

A menacing Donald Trump is gazing down on Phoenix's Grand Avenue.

The president is flanked by mushroom clouds and swastikas configured like dollar signs.

"I think a lot of people are feeling this way and I'm just trying to express what I think is on a lot of people's minds these days," the billboard's artist, Karen Fiorito, said Friday in an interview from her California home.

"Something that really concerned us was this idea of a dictatorship where things were going in a certain direction."
But look closely at the mushroom clouds and you'll see clown faces. There's a Russian flag on Trump's lapel.

"I tried to put a little bit of humor in things that are really dark and hard to take," Fiorito said.

The billboard art was commissioned by the billboard owner, Beatrice Moore, a longtime patron of the arts on Grand Avenue.

"Some of these issues are so important you can't not speak out," Moore said in an interview.

The Trump billboard went up Friday at 11th Avenue and Grand, to coincide with the start of the annual three-day Art Detour event in downtown Phoenix. Moore said it would remain up as long as Trump is president.

This isn't the first time Fiorito and Moore put up controversial billboard art.

In 2004, Fiorito created a billboard of President George W. Bush and top government officials for her master of fine arts thesis on political propaganda at Arizona State University.

"Dear America," the billboard said, "we lied to you for your own good. Now trust us."

Moore and Fiorito did expect blowback from Trump supporters.

Fiorito said she has received death threats over the Trump billboard.

"A lot of hate. Things have gotten a lot more escalated now," she said.

"I just hope that everyone involved in helping bring this message out is safe and that we all get through this unharmed," Fiorito said.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

The president is flanked by mushroom clouds and swastikas configured like dollar signs.

Should be Stars of David (aka Stars of Remphan the Devil) instead of swastikas

Belrev's picture

That would be taken down immediately. SPLC will not tolerate this kind of anti-semitic stuff. Only whiteys take it in the behind and laugh about it.

earleflorida's picture

barry goldwater lost the 1964 potus race to lbj, for one reason?

goldwater had shown he wasn't a bit hesitant in using the "Nuclear Option'.

goldwater lost by a landslide

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Belrev Mar 19, 2017 7:34 AM

Owner of the billboard must be gay. Look at the rainbow poles holding it up.

Gays are the leaders of the communist movement in America now.

All the Black Lives Matter leaders were gay or lesbian.

Most of the noise is coming from this degenerate group.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Chris Dakota Mar 19, 2017 8:25 AM

That looks like an enormous...

bh2's picture

"...from her California home"

Of course. Time for a convention of states to clean house, restore order, and put California outside The Great Wall. :)

caconhma's picture

Back in 1957, Soviet Sputnik has awaken  America that totalitarian countries (Nazi Germany, Stalin USSR, China, etc.,) are very good in scientific & engineering breakthroughs. Then, America had Dr. Wernher von Braun and his scientists/engineers team who won for America the Space & Moon Race.

As a retired foreign-born scientist/engineer who spent over 25 years working for major US contractors, I can say:

  • American educated scientists/engineers are very arrogant and are not very capable (F-22, F-35, and Space Shuttle are good examples)
  • At my time, the Lockheed CEO was a Stanford graduated PhD in Electrical Engineering and now it is a lady with master degree in economics from University of Alabama who knows shit about science/engineering.
  • Approximately 10% of all engineers working in US classified programs were Chinese-native US citizens. Now, add to it a flood of minorities in sr. management positions. Now you know why America is using Russian rocket engines developed in mid 1960s to launch US space payloads. Note that the Space Shuttle program was a complete disaster. 
  • Etc.,

In science & engineering, spending more money without having right people in key positions is an exercise in futility. I doubt that Trump and his GS masters understand this.


divingengineer's picture

They don't.
The GOP has been flogging govt engineers for at least the last 7 years that I know of for sure.
Cut pay, cut benefits, cut worker protections and bury them under a mountain of bullshit regulations, reporting and pointless online training, then wonder why morale is low and young people want nothing to do with govt service.

The ZH crowd will cheer when the govt engineering and scientific corps atrophies, but much of what they produce has made the US a great technological superpower.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

Oh Cac-on-him(a?) it is sad to see the decline in US standards.

Having spoken with a highly experienced shuttle pilot of the past I asked him if he would go up again before the program ended, just one last time, and his reply was one word. No! but would not elaborate. Maybe he had seen the state of the 'O' rings or had an unusual fear of styrofoam.

In any case I had to laugh at this statement:

"The North also claims it is trying to build a viable space program that would include a moon launch within the next 10 years".

My sources tell me with certainty that even with donated Han technology and know how, the only 'moon shot'  or 'man in the moon' Kim Jong-un will experience in the next 10 years is a dongsaeng Ee-Ban reaching climax in the canine style into what could be described the largest and most rotund lunar posterior in all of Nork Land. They do luv that fat-boy ass.


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

divingengineer's picture

Billboards get defaced all the time.
Just saying.

oncemore's picture

Go to the hellsocialist Nazi.

Arnold's picture

Very few Norks have access to CNN as pundits..

DingleBarryObummer's picture

Osama bin laden put vids out

Cheka_Mate's picture

Is anyone else following that Obama fled the country to spend a month in French Polynesia without his family?

He is staying at a $2K a night resort owned previously by Marlon Brando 

By chance, could it be related to the Lady Michelle drug bust?

TwelveOhOne's picture

Nice investigative work, link worth reading, thanks!

Especially the third comment there, which starts with "Obama Flees After Massive Drug Bust Aboard Lady Michelle Vessel In Caribbean".

Anteater's picture

Your post is a waste of oxygen

Jubal Early's picture

Hurray for the Norks.  Now do to Washington DC what DC did to Dresden, Hamburg, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

stecha's picture

he luvs finger butholes just like his daddy. Go kim hehe

Last of the Middle Class's picture

High thrust ICBM  meet scramjet kinetic destruction vehicle.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

wonder what NK spends on defense it is much more than they spend on feeding the must have priorities if one madman is running has it's pol pot's and mao' show the world they can be just as crazy as europe.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

How do you know he's crazy?

He has bad fashion sense and CNN told you so?

Wanna see crazy?  Trump exposes Trump:


DJT - "I'm not into Goldman Sachs":

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

leader of a nation ..but looks like the dishwasher at local chinese buffet..

fat with a bad hair cut is no way to go thru life Kim..

Wexx's picture

Just like the USA spends more on "defense" than 20+ other countries combined. Allot of those "billions" could go towards improving the neglected everything in this country.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

That would be Whites.  They are the neglected in this country. Cut our taxes, get govt out of everything and leave us alone.  We'll take it from there.

gatorengineer's picture

If you think any of this is made in Korea, you are a fool.  This is just china sending shit and technicians down, and assembling, testing it and saying see look with the NKs have done.  NK is more of Chinese provence than Taiwan.

Easy way to fix this and any other problems, an executive order banning the import of all Chinese goods.  You call the Chinese ambassador in, say there is week for a public regime change or else this goes live.  Easy.  more effective than a nuke and just as inevitable.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

like your solution, it solves more than this NK fubar, but corzine types  and wall street will veto it

Capitalist With A Razor's picture

Think China really gives two shits about the american market? That ship sailed 10yrs ago. China's stalling ( ie putting up with washington's shit) until it can secure Energy corridors. IE: One Belt.


That's why even Mercer & Bannon Inc aka Breitbart News knows thier puppet better rattle it up for a 12'r fleet to jaw the Chicoms back down a peg.


But reality is thanks to the epic human shit show know as DC Culture: The Russian's have step in and assured the Maritime security for China's Energy Corridor.  Remeber this happy event:

Add in this Happy event:


Then just for clarity ponder all that through this:


Then ask yourself .....if you cant get 12 carriers deployed ...whats next best thing?

Hint it rhymes with SADD.


Here's the truth:

The ruling class of USofA where given two years (1 year ago) to get the shit together prepare for a soft landing, as the "BRICS+2" pulled off the petrodollar

for a soft landing. No threats, just facts. Obviously it was hoped the ruling class of the usofa would be pragmatic and realize the gig is up and walk it back and accept reality. Multipolar in Peace isnt an option for them,Instead it appears the ruling class are going to full Vatican option.  Tick Tock...hate the jews all you want boys...your own weakness and hate brought you here.  Do the math. It's over as it was, maybe just maybe though love and strength can get you out..Universe loves the underdawgs in the fight.
silverer's picture

This can mean only one thing: A plan for cheap cell phones from North Korea along with their own satellite service. No wonder the US wants to pull off a pre-emptive strike. lol

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

I suppose once the old Howitzer bit with the out of favor Generals gets old, he'll give them a view of the launch from under neath .... And no clean up required.

Greenspazm's picture

Still waiting for an answer on who supplies NK with the weapons & technology. Oh no, correction, sure thing, of course, they developed it all themselves.

Fireman's picture

Like USSA owns Germany, China owns North Korea and soon the rest of it. It aint rocket science at all.

Sandmann's picture

A Q Khan of Pakistan supplied the centrifuge technology which he stole from Urenco in Netherlands

Greenspazm's picture

.. and got paid in which of the following: 

-NK won bundled banknotes in a suitcase?

-gold-plated tungsten bars?

-USD by bank transfer from Kim Jong-Un's JP Morgan account in New York?

gregga777's picture

It is alleged that North Korea prints beautiful US $50 and $100 Feral Reserve Notes that are practically perfect.

Anteater's picture

You can buy packs of $50s and $100s like Monopoly money in SEAsia because nobody will take a bill that large. Then come back to US with them, because they lack the trip wire scanning thread that alerts TSA. Retailers are not going to challenge you they are taught to just call the FBI and save the store camera photos. It would be a low-level way to buy groceries, gas, booze and clothes. IDK if weed places would confront you or not. You'd have to live a meaningless consumption random on the move existence, perfect for retirees on fixed income. See the USA in your Chevrolet. The FBI would eventually catch you, if you stayed in one place, a friend of mine was a counterfeiter back in the day. He was lucky and got a friendly warning.

divingengineer's picture

Some are so good the govt has trouble deciding if they are fake or not.
I saw them for sale on Silk Road years ago.
They were surprisingly expensive, almost as much as real money, but your chances of getting caught spending them were probably very low.

gregga777's picture

The People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union are/were the main supplier of weapons and weapons systems to North Korea.  It is very difficult to restrict the sale of many components and technology essential to weapons development.  Probably their most difficult acquisition was uranium.  The North Koreans have purchased components and technology from a variety of sources.  Much of their missile technology is from reverse engineering Chinese and Soviet systems, but much has also been purchased in the illegal arms markets.  They probably even have obtained US missile technology from China that President Clinton allowed exported to China in the early 1990's.  Modern, commercially produced, single-board computers, avaialbe to anyone with an Amazon.CON account, are more powerful than the computers in many US strategic systems.  Ring-laser gyroscopes, highly suitable for ICBM use, are available from the commercial aviation industry.  The fact is that there are a wide array of technologies available on the commercial markets that can be used in an ICBM.  They may have certain technical drawbacks regarding temperatures, vibration, long-term life-cycle factors, etc.  But, they could probably still be used to ruin everyone's day in an ICBM.  

Sandmann's picture

Not quite clear how Pre-Emptive Warfare is compatible with UN Charter......

Art 2 (4)

4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations. 

gregga777's picture

The disastrous European wars of the 17th century were largely ended when the belligerents finally renounced the idea of pre-emptive war.  The hereditary inbred subnormal IQ moron George W. Bush broke with those long-held treaties and re-introduced the idea of pre-emptive war.  

Adolph Hitler attempted to justify the invasion of the Soviet Union as a justifiable pre-emptive war.  That only lead to:

  • the wholesale destruction of European cities in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Belorussia, etc.;
  • the deaths of somewhere between 30,000,000 (30 Million) and 50,000,000 (50 Million) European civilians and combatants;
  • the loss of substantial formely German territories (such as Prussia) to other nations; 
  • the forced expulsion of all ethnic Germans from those territories;
  • the murder of many ethnic Germans in revenge for the brutal German occupation;
  • the partition of Germany that lasted about 45 years;
  • the looting of East Germany as reparations for the German occupation of Soviet territories;

So, yeah, the moronic President George W. Bush, egged on by that diabolically evil Vice President Richard "Dick" Cheney, had a great idea when the world's lone superpower legitimized the idea of pre-emptive warfare.  Now anyone can attack anyone and claim that it is a legitimate pre-emptive strike. The Nobel Committee should inagurate the Nobel Prize for the most moronic act by a world leader.  George W. Bush should be the first recipient of the Nobel Prize for the most moronic act of the 21st Century.  


bh2's picture

...and it should award the second Nobel Prize for Moronism to itself for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Obama. The Committee member responsible for that absurdity has literally been fired, but his spectacular contribution to moronism should not go unnoticed.

Since Sweden is also the country now welcoming alien invaders to destroy its culture from within, the Swedish government might be next in line to receive the third Nobel Prize for Moronism. Heaven knows they have more than earned it.

Teja's picture

But there is such a prize - the Ig-Nobel prize, very well known in certain circles:

Includes a Peace Prize, interesting winners:

George W. is not on the list, unluckily. Maybe share it with Obama, for drone technology application?

johand inmywallet's picture

What exactly are the "Purposes of the United Nations"?!!

gregga777's picture

Originally its purpose was to prevent wars.  But, it has been spectactularly unsuccessful in fulfilling that purpose.