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Kim Jong Un's chemistry briefing

Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The North Korean leader has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported on Wednesday, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs amid a standoff with Washington, but there were signs of tension easing.

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Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The North Korean leader has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported on Wednesday, as he pursues nuclear and missile...more

Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The North Korean leader has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported on Wednesday, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs amid a standoff with Washington, but there were signs of tension easing. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The KCNA report, about a visit by Kim to a chemical institute, came not long after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to make a peace overture, welcoming what he called recent restraint shown by the reclusive North.

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Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The KCNA report, about a visit by Kim to a chemical institute, came not long after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to make a...more

Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The KCNA report, about a visit by Kim to a chemical institute, came not long after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to make a peace overture, welcoming what he called recent restraint shown by the reclusive North. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. Kim was briefed about the process of manufacturing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) warhead tips and solid-fuel rocket engines during his tour of the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Science, KCNA said.

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Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. Kim was briefed about the process of manufacturing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) warhead tips and solid-fuel rocket engines during...more

Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. Kim was briefed about the process of manufacturing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) warhead tips and solid-fuel rocket engines during his tour of the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Science, KCNA said. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. "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," KCNA said.

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Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. "He instructed the institute to produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips by further expanding engine...more

Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. "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," KCNA said. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of last year, significantly raising tension on the heavily militarized Korean peninsula and in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Two ICBM tests in July resulted in a new round of tougher global sanctions. The last missile test on July 28 put the U.S. mainland in range, prompting heated exchanges that raised fears of a new conflict on the peninsula.

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Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of last year, significantly raising tension on the...more

Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of last year, significantly raising tension on the heavily militarized Korean peninsula and in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Two ICBM tests in July resulted in a new round of tougher global sanctions. The last missile test on July 28 put the U.S. mainland in range, prompting heated exchanges that raised fears of a new conflict on the peninsula. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The KCNA report said Kim had given "special thanks and special bonus" to officials of the institute, calling them heroes. A photograph showed Kim in a grey pinstriped suit, smiling before a large flow chart that described some kind of manufacturing process.

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Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The KCNA report said Kim had given "special thanks and special bonus" to officials of the institute, calling them heroes. A...more

Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. The KCNA report said Kim had given "special thanks and special bonus" to officials of the institute, calling them heroes. A photograph showed Kim in a grey pinstriped suit, smiling before a large flow chart that described some kind of manufacturing process. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS

Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS

Kim Jong Un looks on during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS

Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS

Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS

Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS

Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science. KCNA/via REUTERS
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