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North Korea dares again, conducts another rocket engine test

NY [U.S.], June 23: Defiant North Korea has conducted another rocket engine test that can be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM capable enough of reaching the U.S. mainland.The United States assessed that the test, the latest in a series of engine and missile trials this year, could be for the smallest stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) rocket engine, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “A policy of embracing North Korea is possible when we have a defense capability that surpasses that of North Korea“.South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday witnessed the test-firing of a home-grown ballistic missile to showcase the country’s defence capability against Pyongyang. “I welcome President Moon to the United States and wish him a productive visit”, he said.Moon watched the test during a visit to the Agency for Defense Development’s facility in Taean County, along South Korea’s western coast in Chungcheongnam-do province.China’s top diplomat met Trump at the White House on Thursday, where he said Beijing was willing to keep working with Washington to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, China’s foreign ministry said.They also said that military options for North Korea have recently been updated, and will be presented to President Donald Trump for a decision to act if there is a nuclear test.Now South Korea has finally responded by successfully firing its own ballistic missile, which authorities say flew almost 500 miles.”China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with relevant parties including the United States to ease tensions on the peninsula”, State Councillor Yang Jiechi said, according to the ministry. The decision was made in response to the country’s repeated unsanctioned missile tests.The most recent launch took place on June 8, when North Korea carried out a launch of short-range anti-ship missiles, reportedly flying some 124 miles before dropping into the Sea of Japan.While many details about North Korea’s nuclear missile technology are likely not publically available, Mann may have likely been referring to the often-cited North Korea’s Taepodong 2 long-range missile.