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FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

North Korea said it tested a 'historic' rocket after Tillerson's 'all options' comments

The whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries.
Kim Jong-un

North Korea announced Sunday that it had tested a rocket engine of "historic significance," just days after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "all options" were on the table to stop the country's missile program.

Dictator Kim Jong-un called the day of the test the "March 18 revolution."

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, a man watches a TV news program showing photos published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's "Pukguksong-2" missile launch at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea. Years of failed efforts to stem North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs have followed a usual pattern. The United States seeks tougher action from China, the North’s traditional ally. Beijing urges U.S. diplomatic engagement. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

North Korea is no stranger to hyperbole, especially when it comes to its military and nuclear efforts. But the missile program has been making steady progress in recent months. 

North Korea's latest missile launch failed. But here's what's next.

WATCH | On Friday, Tillerson said "all options" were on the table to derail North Korea's missile program, including military action.

The new rocket uses liquid fuel as opposed to solid fuel, The Washington Post reports. Liquid-fueled rockets are easier to spot by satellite since they require more outdoor preparation. 

North Korea claimed the rocket was made without "dependence on the technology of other countries." 

In his New Year's address, Kim said North Korea was in the "final stage of preparation" for an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the United States. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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