North Korea just unveiled what appears to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile, and it's huge
A man watches a television show in which the ruling party of the North Korean ruling party posted a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Korean News Agency (KCNA) at Seoul Train Station on October 10, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.
North Korea unveiled what appeared to be a massive new ICBM at a major military parade on Saturday.
Senior North Korean observers said in an early analysis that the street-mobile, liquid-fueled missiles were massive, with one suspecting that they could potentially carry multiple nuclear warheads.
"We will continue to step up war deterrence for self-defense in order to deter, control and cope with all dangerous attempts and threatening acts, including the ever-increasing nuclear threats, by enemy forces," said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday.
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North Korea unveiled a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that is huge at a major military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday.
During the military parade on Kim Il-Sung Square in the heart of the North Korean capital on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Labor Party, the North Korean military rolled out a massive, previously invisible ICBM on a transporter erector rocket (TEL) with a total of 22 Wheels.
The missile appears to be the largest liquid-fueled street-mobile missile. Ankit Panda, Stanton's senior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's nuclear policy program, tweeted Tuesday.
Melissa Hanham, missile expert and deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network, said the missile was "Huuuuge," adding that the missile could potentially carry nuclear warheads with multiple independent re-entry vehicles (MIRVs), a capability North Korea has not yet demonstrated.
About a week before the parade, South Korean and US intelligence agencies spotted the movement of North Korean ICBMs, a South Korean official told local media.
"The missile is bigger than the one they fired in 2017 and we believe they will show it off in a military parade on October 10," the Seoul official said, according to The Korea Herald.
North Korea tested the large Hwasong-15 ICBM on November 28, 2017. It was the last time North Korea tested an ICBM.
The powerful weapon was revealed just months after the country's first ICBM, the Hwasong-14, was tested in July 2017. Analysts said they believe the Hwasong-15 could theoretically strike anywhere in the continental US.
The Trump administration has tried to convince North Korea to give up the pursuit of missiles and nuclear weapons. President Donald Trump even met twice with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss the matter.
Despite claims by the Trump administration that the Korean peninsula is on the path to denuclearization, North Korea appears to be moving in the opposite direction, even if it no longer conducts nuclear tests.
Kim Jong Un said Saturday that his country "will continue to step up war deterrence for self-defense in order to deter, control and administer all dangerous attempts and threatening acts, including ever-increasing nuclear threats, from enemy forces," according to the Yonhap news agency.
The exhibition of the previously invisible ICBM on Saturday is the first time since 2018 that the country has demonstrated a new long-range missile at a military parade.
Chad O'Carroll, a North Korean observer and CEO of the Korea Risk Group, told Reuters that North Korea displayed more military equipment at the parade than almost any previous parade.
In addition to the new ICBM, the country also appears to have displayed a new ballistic missile launched from the submarine.
"It is disappointing to see the DPRK continuing to prioritize its banned nuclear and ballistic missile program over a better future for the North Korean people," a senior Trump administration official told Reuters.
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