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North Korea tests rocket engine, US officials say

24 Juin 2017

President Donald Trump warned that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and the United States will respond if provoked.

North Korea once again urged South Korea to remove all sanctions against the communist country and stop the latter's joint military exercises with the United States as part of conditions to resume inter-Korean dialogue.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday (June 24) invited North Korea to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports could serve as a peace maker.

North Korea has tested a new rocket engine as part of its efforts to build a missile capable of reaching the American mainland, U.S. officials said.

Also present at the Opening Ceremony were Chang Ung, North Korea's sole member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Ri Yong-son, the North Korean head of the ITF.

North Korea has agreed to temporarily halt its missile and nuclear tests in the past.

The latest series of tests conducted by North Korea have raised fears that North Korea plans to attack South Korea, Japan, and USA military installations in the Pacific.

Moon's decision to reveal the details to the foreign media ahead of the South Korea-US summit was seen as meant to stress that the environmental impact assessment he ordered for the THAAD site was an unavoidable measure to guarantee the deployment's procedural legitimacy and transparency.

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To affirm the unassailable rule of the Kim dynasty, even at the expense of its own people, the discomfiture of its neighbors and the misgivings of the world, North Korea asserts the freedom to misgovern and project itself without interference.

Tensions are high on both sides of the Korean Peninsula's DMZ this week.

United States spy satellites have picked up new activity at North Korea's underground nuclear test site, CNN reported on Tuesday.

Tensions have been high between the U.S. and the rogue state since American student Otto Warmbier died as a result of a catastrophic brain injury sustained while he was detained by North Korea. "At least I know China tried!" the president wrote.

The United States has tried for years to discourage South Korea from developing longer-range ballistic missiles in keeping with the Missile Technology Control Regime, a voluntary global arms-control pact.

When interacting with her subjects, Maye-E first takes their photo with a instant camera, and gives them a copy of their picture.

"The president said 'I'm all for dialogue but dialogue is only possible when supported by strong defense capabilities and engagement policy vis-a-vis North Korea is also only possible when we maintain security capabilities strong enough to dominate the North'".

Participation in Pyeongchang could "provide a turning point for the reconciliation between the South and North", Moon said.

North Korea tests rocket engine, US officials say