Kim Jong-un orders military to boost production of solid-fuel missiles
Wednesday - 23/08/2017 18:24
KIM Jong-un has issued an order that could give North Korea the upper hand in the event of a nuclear war against the US.
KIM Jong-un has ordered North Korea’s military scientists to boost production of more effective missiles that can be launched faster and hidden more easily, making the country less vulnerable to a pre-emptive strike.
“He instructed the institute to produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips by further expanding engine production process and the production capacity of rocket warhead tips and engine jets by carbon/carbon compound material,” the statement read.
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The order to create more solid-fuel rocket engines is significant because the fuel is built into these weapons and they are ready to fire at any moment. They can be launched much faster than liquid-fuel rockets, which have to be loaded with fuel before being fired, a process that can take up to an hour.
The solid-fuel rocket engines essentially mean North Korea is more competitive in the event of a nuclear war because it is less vulnerable to a pre-emptive strike from adversaries, such as the United States, which can view missile movements via satellite.
During his visit to the institute, the date of which was not made clear in the KCNA statement, Mr Kim praised its scientists as “patriotic” and “unassuming heroes” who were at the “cutting edge” of defence technology.
The solid-fuel rocket engines were put on display in April during an extravagant procession in Pyongyang to celebrate the birthday of North Korea’s founding father, Kim Il-sung.
Tensions between the rogue state and its enemies, South Korea and the US, have been heightened in recent months, since it was revealed that North Korea had developed its weapons to the point where the US mainland was within striking distance.
As a result, President Donald Trump vowed to rain “fire and fury” upon North Korea if it threatened the US or any of its allies.
Mr Trump told supporters in a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday night that his forceful warning to Mr Kim was having an effect.
“Some people said it was too strong. It’s not strong enough,” he said.
“But Kim Jong-un, I respect the fact that I believe he is starting to respect us. I respect that fact very much.
“And maybe, probably not, but maybe something positive can come about.”
Secretary of state Rex Tillerson also acknowledged that the tough United Nations sanctions the US had helped impose on North Korea were changing its behaviour.
“I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we’ve not seen in the past,” he said.