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North Korea has con­ducted a ground test of a new type of high­thrust rocket en­gine that leader Kim Jong Un is call­ing a rev­o­lu­tion­ary break­through for the coun­try’s space pro­gram, the North’s state me­dia said Sun­day.

Kim at­tended Satur­day’s test at the So­hae launch site, ac­cord­ing to the Korean Cen­tral News Agency, which said the test was in­tended to con­firm the “new type” of en­gine’s thrust power and gauge the re­li­a­bil­ity of its con­trol sys­tem and struc­tural safety.

Kim called the test “a great event of his­toric sig­nif­i­cance” for the coun­try’s in­dige­nous rocket in­dus­try, the KCNA re­port said.

He also said the “whole world will soon witness what event­ful sig­nif­i­cance the great victory won to­day car­ries” and claimed the test marks what will be known as the “March 18 rev­o­lu­tion” in the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try’s rocket in­dus­try.

The re­port in­di­cated that the en­gine is to be used for North Korea’s space and satel­lite-launch­ing pro­gram. North Korea is banned by the United Na­tions from con­duct­ing long-range mis­sile tests, but it claims its satel­lite pro­gram is for peace­ful use, a claim many in the U.S. and else­where be­lieve is ques­tion­able.

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