N. Korea tested long-range missile engine before nuke blast: sources
Pyongyang carried out a function test of the engine for its long-range “KN-08” missiles on the Dongchang-ri launch site in North Pyongan Province on Monday, according to multiple government sources.
“It appears that North Korea conducted the engine test aimed at extending the range of the KN-08 missile to over 5,000 kilometers,” said a source. He declined to be identified.
“If the North decides the test successful, it is expected to operationally deploy the new long-range rocket,” he added.
“What deserves attention is that the North carried out the engine test despite being aware of the fact that the U.S. surveillance satellite would detect the move,” said another source.
“The engine test right before its third nuclear test would be intended to intensify its threat to the U.S. and its allies,” he added.
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