North Korea shows off ‘Monster’ intercontinental ballistic missiles
Windowofworld.com – North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un appears in the video of the military parade just before dawn. The parade reportedly showcased one of the largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in the world.
The missile, called a “monster” by Open Nuclear Network deputy director Melissa Hanham, was shown at the end of a massive military parade in the capital Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the ruling Labor Party. 10/2020).
Meanwhile, CNN news agency reported the large weapon was carried in 11 axles at the height of a nearly two-hour ceremony and military parade in the capital Pyongyang.
Observers say they do not know whether the missile has been tested or not. However, a sufficiently large form of the weapon would allow North Korea to place multiple warheads on it, increasing the threat it poses to targeted adversaries.
“The liquid fuel, Besaaar, is capable of carrying MIRV nuclear warheads,” Melissa tweeted.
“To be clear, the largest liquid-fueled missiles move on the highway anywhere,” tweeted Ankit Panda, senior researcher in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Panda noted that real progress in North Korea’s nuclear program has not come at the expense of its conventional military.
“A lot of small arms modernization & introduction of new body armor. Conventional investment continues despite the advancement of nuclear power,” he said in a tweet.
“What North Korea showed us, what looks like a new liquid-fueled ICBM that appears to be a derivative of what was tested in late 2017, known as the Hwasong-15, is much bigger and clearly more powerful than anything in the arsenal. DPRK, “said Harry Kazianis, senior director of Korean studies at the Washington-based Center for the National Interest using an acronym for North Korea’s official name,.
When the Hwasong-15 was tested in 2017, Pyongyang said the missile was capable of carrying a super-heavy nuclear warhead. Analysts said at the time it was expected to reach most of the mainland United States (US).
So a larger weapon in theory would allow North Korea to place more warheads over the continental United States with one rocket launch.
Before the parade, analysts wondered if North Korea would launch solid-fuel ballistic missiles during the ceremony.
Solid-fuel missiles offer an advantage over liquid-fueled missiles in that they can move without the accompanying fuel truck. This means they can be launched faster and are easier to hide from spy satellites.
Earlier speaking in front of tanks and missile launchers, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un praised his country’s military and said the props were there to defend the people.
“We will continue to strengthen the deterrence of war as a means of self-defense,” Kim said.
“Our war prevention will never be abused or used preemptively, which will contribute to protecting the country’s sovereignty and survival and pursuing regional peace,” he added.
“However, if anyone hurts national safety or threatens to use military force against us, I will first deploy all of our strongest offensive forces to punish them,” Kim stressed.
Kim Jong-un also looked like he was shedding tears as he thanked his men and military forces for their efforts in the work of restoring the recent flood damage and in fighting the coronavirus, which has killed more than 1 million people worldwide. but not a single North Korean victim was on board.
“I thank them for their good health without any of them falling victim to this vicious virus,” said Kim Jong-un.
“The fact that we have protected all our people from the dangerous epidemic that is sweeping the whole world can be said to be a natural task and a success of our Party,” he added.
As cameras showed tears among tens of thousands of people, even among North Korean soldiers, Kim vowed to fight to protect them.
“I earnestly swear once again in this place that I will live up to the people’s beliefs without fail even if my body is torn and smashed to pieces to maintain their great faith,” he said.