North Korea tests new solid-fuel engine for intermediate-range missiles

SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korea tested a ‘new-type high-thrust’ solid-fuel engine for intermediate-range ballistic missiles, its state-run media said Wednesday, as Pyongyang continues to develop its banned weapons program amid escalated tensions on the Peninsula.

The North successfully conducted a test of the first-stage engine on Saturday and the second-stage engine on Tuesday, Korean Central News Agency reported.

The tests of the solid-fuel engines ‘provided a sure guarantee for reliably accelerating the development of the new-type IRBM system,’ the KCNA report said.

The regime’s General Missile Bureau said the tests ‘are an essential process for further enhancing the strategic offensive capabilities of the DPRK’s armed forces in the light of the grave and unstable security environment facing the country and the future military situation in the region,’ KCNA added…”

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