North Korea tests long-range rocket engine: US think-tank
SEOUL (AFP) - New satellite images suggest North Korea tested a long-range rocket engine last month, a US research institute said on Monday.
While the exact engine type could not be identified, possibilities included the second stage of the Unha-3 Space Launch Vehicle or the second or third stage engine of a much larger rocket under development, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University posted on its 38 North website.
Analysis of before and after satellite photos indicated the test had taken place sometime between August 25 and 30 at the North's Sohae satellite launching station, the post said.
Sohae was the base for the successful launch of the Unha-3 rocket in December - an event condemned by the West as a disguised long-range ballistic missile test that violated UN resolutions.