北, 태양절 열병식서 ‘신형 ICBM’ 추정 미사일 첫 공개
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North Korea has been holding its big military parade today to mark a key anniversary in the country’s history.
The regime showed off several new missile designs and there was a big surprise: what appeared to be a new ICBM.
Experts say it could indicate that Pyongyang’s missile development program is further ahead than previously thought.
Kwon Jang-ho starts us off.
Halfway through the two-and-a-half hour military parade that took place in Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korea showed off its next-generation military hardware.
Pyongyang unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, that South Korean military officials say they’ve never seen before.
Also on display was a new generation of an intermediate-range missile, called the Pukguksong-2, as well as a new version of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
“This was basically throwing the gauntlet down to the west…They’re saying we’ve got this new missile and it’s much bigger and it’s likely got much more capability that we thought the KN-8 and 14 had.”
The range of new hardware on display came as a bit of a surprise, and it’s been interpreted as a show of force to the U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken an aggressive tone against Pyongyang.
“This is the first time North Korea has ever displayed such a range of their missile arsenal. We can see from today that North Korea’s missile technology has advanced far more than we had previously thought.”
As it’s North Korea, being on display does not necessarily mean they are operational, but the regime is showing that they are in development.
“I’m also sure that the missiles are not ready yet, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that North Korea is now developing ICBM’s. It might take a little more time than they want to, but there is no show of just models to deceive anyone.”
The parade was in celebration of the 105th birthday of the regime’s founder and former leader Kim Il-sung.
There had been concern North Korea might decide to mark the occasion with a nuclear or missile test,… but it never materialized.
Now attention turns to the next important date in North Korea’s calendar in ten days time: the 85th anniversary of the founding of the military.
There’s speculation Kim Jong-un might instead take that occasion to carry out a provocation.
Kwon Jang-Ho, Arirang News.
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