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SEOUL South Korea stated on Monday North Korea’s newest rocket-engine test showed “meaningful” advancement in engine function.

“Through this test, it is found that engine function has made significant progress however additional analysis is required for exact thrust and possible usages,” Lee Jin-woo, deputy spokesperson for the South Korean defence ministry, told a routine briefing.North Korea had actually carried out a test of a brand-new high-thrust engine at its rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un stated the effective test marked “a brand-new birth” of its rocket market, the North’s official media reported on Sunday.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim; Editing by Robert Birsel)