DPRK tested long-range missile engine before nuclear test: Seoul

2013-02-17 07:12:41 GMT2013-02-17 15:12:41(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The Democratic People's Republid of Korea (DPRK) tested an engine for its new long-range missiles one day before its third nuclear test last week, Yonhap News Agency quoted government sources as saying Sunday.

Pyongyang reportedly 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.

Seoul military sources said the engines are for a new long-range missile presumed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The DPRK has conducted roughly 20 tests related to this missile over the past two years and displayed it before the public during a military review of troops commemorating the 100th anniversary of late founder Kim Il Sung on April 15th.

A high-ranking S.Korean official said it was notable that the North conducted such a test before the nuclear test, but added there were no signs that Pyongyang would test-launch the missile anytime soon.

The source also said there were no signs of preparations for a fourth nuclear test, said KBS.

(Agencies)

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