: CNN: North Korea boasts test of engine technology for intercontinental missile

14:50 Apr. 9, 2016

CNN: North Korea boasts test of engine technology for intercontinental missile

Anti-war protesters stage a rally opposing the joint military exercises, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, between the U.S. and South Korea, near the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Images)

North Korea claims success over new engine tests

North Korea tested a new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to its state-run news agency.

In a clear challenge to the United States, the KCNA proclaimed: "The great success made in the test provided a firm guarantee for mounting another form of nuclear attack upon the U.S. imperialists and other hostile forces."

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This is the latest in a litany of reports made by the North Korean regime about its weapons development. This year alone, the country has that said it successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test and miniaturized nuclear warheads to fit on ballistic missiles.

The news agency quoted Kim as saying, "Now the DPRK can tip new type inter-continental ballistic rockets with more powerful nuclear warheads and keep any cesspool of evils in the earth including the U.S. mainland within our striking range and reduce them to ashes so that they may not survive in our planet."

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KCNA lauded that the latest technology was developed by North Korean scientists in what was called an "eye-catching event which demonstrated our national defense capability before the world."

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