North Korean leader and his wife watch combat flight contest
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 00:53
North Korean state television releases still photographs of the country's leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju during a combat flight contest at an air force base. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration).
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STORY: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju observed a combat flight contest at an air force base, State television broadcaster, KRT said on Saturday (May 10).
KRT released still photos of the air force event showing Kim and Ri taking off from a plane and the state couple watching the combat flight contest with high-ranking officials, including Kim's sister Yo Jong.
KRT didn't state when the contest was held, but it said the event was conducted at an air force base in the western region of the country.
North Korea has recently conducted engine tests for an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States, a U.S. think tank said last week.
North Korea conducted at least one engine test for the KN-08 missile in late March or early April, the think tank 38 North said, marking the latest in a series of tests for a missile believed to have a range of more than 10,000 km (6,000 miles).
North Korea is believed to be developing a nuclear weapon and the technology to miniaturize a warhead to mount it on a long-range missile.
The report on the engine testing comes a week after the think tank reported heightened activities at the North's nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, indicating it was ready to conduct a fourth nuclear test.
A South Korean government official said preparations for a nuclear test at Punggye-ri appeared to be complete, including the sealing of tunnels dug into mountain range, and all that remained was for the North's leader Kim Jong Un to order the go ahead.
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