North Korea debuts next stage in topsy-turvy development of solid-fuel missiles
Tests of new intermediate-range missile engines follow solid-fuel ICBM success and lay groundwork for flight testing
After months of relative silence about missile development activities, North Korea announced on Wednesday that it carried out two separate tests of solid-fuel motors for “new-type intermediate-range ballistic missiles” (IRBM).
State media claimed that a test of a new first-stage motor took place on Nov. 11 and that a test of a second-stage motor took place on Nov. 14. Both tests were reportedly successes, with the Rodong Sinmun releasing one image of each.
Notably, the tests took place at different sites: one at the long-standing solid-propellant engine test stand at Magunpho, and another at the newer facility
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