North Korea’s Huge New ICBM Casts Doubt on Trump’s ‘No Longer a Nuclear Threat’ Claim
North Korea showcased a series of new weapons at its 75th anniversary military parade marking the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party Saturday, including what South Korea officials say was a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North Korea has not broadcast a live military parade on television since 2017, when leader Kim Jong Un heightened U.S. tensions by showing off several large ICBMs. The country showed off its “new strategic weapon,” which analysts described as a much larger, liquid fuel ICBM complete with an 11 axle transporter erector launcher.
The first hint of the new weapon came earlier this week when South Korean officials relayed surveillance of thousands of North Korean soldiers in march formation as they displayed what was possibly a new ICBM, or submarine-launched ballistic missile.
Kim’s showcase of the new missile technology highlights his regime’s intention to follow through on 2012 promises to develop state-of-the-art weapons with international attack range. The images of the Pukguksong-2 have raised questions over whether such missiles have actually been tested by the regime.
and it is nice to see something that actually has been tested before. even only once. Pukguksong-2 pic.twitter.com/0RQYz5Fw3t
— Taepodong (@stoa1984) October 10, 2020
Military experts say the new liquid-fueled ICBM appears to more powerful than anything previously known to be in the nation’s weapons arsenal, and a derivative of the Hwasong-15, unveiled back in 2017. This type of seemingly state-of-the-art missile is developed to better evade detection, have a longer range and the capability of holding a much larger payload.
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