Kim Jong-un oversees North Koreas high-thrust rocket engine test

Is North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un rational?

North Korea says it has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong-un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space programme.

The announcement suggests North Korea tested a rocket engine for a long-range missile as part of its weapons program.

It test-fired four missiles into seas off Japan last week as the US and South Korea began annual military drills that the North claims are rehearsals for invasion.

South Korea and Pyongyang signed a declaration on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but the North has since walked away from the agreement, citing what it says is the threat of USA invasion.

In a briefing with reporters, the national police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, would not give further details on the identity and whereabouts of the new suspects in the case, but said that an "important person" was among those being pursued.

During his visit to Seoul, Tillerson admitted that Washington's "strategic patience" policy toward Pyongyang was over.

The news agency added that Kim Jong Un studied the engine's technical specifications ahead of the test and then guided the test. Trump said administration officials had meetings during at his resort about North Korea, among other issues.

"We will work together to see if we can not bring the government in Pyongyang to a place where they want to make a different course - make a course correction - and move away from the development of nuclear weapons".

The North made clear its intention to develop intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology in face of what it calls threats from the United States. "All options are on the table", he added.

The young North Korean leader declared "that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries", the report said, declaring Saturday as the "March 18 revolution" because of the "great leaping forward" in North Korea's rocket industry. They have been "playing" the United States for years. A New York Times story on Saturday said that Kim remains unmoved by Beijing's economic pressure because he clings to nuclear weapons as the only guarantee of safeguarding his power and family dynasty.

Even with Tillerson now in Beijing and scheduled to meet with President Xi Jinping on Sunday, Trump on Friday tweeted: "North Korea is behaving very badly".

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