Kim Jong Un said nuclear threats must be met with nuclear power during what North Korea said was a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile engine.
Kim Jong Un was present at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, where he issued an order to test a “new intercontinental ballistic engine,” Pyongyang said in statement issued Saturday, local time.
KCNA stated Kim had taken time out of his “busy” schedule overseeing the 70-day “battle” or mass rally across the country – taking place in preparation for the Seventh Party Congress, to be held in May.
The purpose of the test was to assess the “technical characteristics” of a newly designed engine, according to North Korea.
“The test confirmed our self-developed ballistic missile engine – developed by our national scientists and technicians – is meeting all scientific benchmarks,” KCNA stated.
Kim reportedly expressed his satisfaction with the test results.
“A more powerful nuclear warhead can be installed on the new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States, or any other part of the world where evil lurks, turning targets into powder so that they may never recover on this planet,” Kim said, according to KCNA.
The North Korean leader also said U.S. nuclear threats must be met with nuclear power, and that for this reason Pyongyang must diversify its nuclear attack methods.
Kim Jong Un said he considered the test a gift from scientists to the Korean Workers’ Party, ahead of its congress.
On March 24, North Korea had said it “successfully” tested a solid-fuel rocket engine.