NORTH Korea has pushed the world closer to the brink of nuclear war by successfully testing a solid-fuel engine which has boosted the power of its ballistic rockets.
Pyongyang claimed it tested the missiles yesterday as part of a rapidly increasing course to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of sparking another world war.
Photographs of Kim Jong-un on the test site were splashed across the Rodong Simum – North Korea’s ruling party newspaper – as a rocket lay emitted fire while laying horizontally across the ground.
A two-page report detailed the tests which were carried out on the engine’s structure and thrust.
Pyongyang’s news agency KCNA also reported Kim Jong-un saying: “He noted with great pleasure that the successful test… helped boost the power of ballistic rockets capable of mercilessly striking hostile forces.
The brazen move comes despite increasing UN sanctions against the reclusive nation as South Korea’s officials warn it could conduct a new nuclear test at any time.