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Analysts Claim North Korean Rocket Test Shows Meaningful Progress

By Editor 21 March 2017

According to analysts, while North Korea has likely mastered the technology to power the different stages of an intercontinental ballistic missile, it remains unlikely any of their rockets would be able to hit the mainland United States. On Sunday, North Korean state media announced its latest rocket-engine test, saying the advancement would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite-launch capability. Kim Dong-yub of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul told Reuters, "This was a comprehensive test for the first-stage rocket for an ICBM, and that is why it was dangerous. It appears that North Korea has worked out much of its development of the first-stage rocket booster." However, Kim said the North had still not mastered the atmospheric re-entry technology needed for an ICBM, indicating more work needs to be done before the country is capable of hitting the United States.