North Korea unveils new submarine-launched missile

North Korea unveils new submarine-launched missile
The missile was debuted at a military parade which came at the end of an important and rare political meeting. Source: KCNA
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Daily US Times: North Korea has unveiled a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile, state media described it as “the world’s most powerful weapon”.

Several of the missiles were displayed at a parade overseen by the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un, reported state media.

The show of military strength comes days before the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden.

It also follows a rare political meeting where Mr Kim decried the United States as his country’s “biggest enemy”.

Images released by North Korean state media KCNA showed at least four large black-and-white missiles being driven past flag-waving crowds.

Analysts noted the newly displayed submarine-launched missile was a previously unseen weapon.

“New year, new Pukguksong,” tweeted Ankit Panda, a North Korea expert, using the North Korean name for their submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).

Clad in a fur hat and leather coat, Mr Kim is pictured smiling and waving as he watched the display in the capital’s Kim Il Sung Square, which also included infantry troops, tanks and artillery.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.”The world’s most powerful weapon, submarine-launch ballistic missile, entered the square one after another, powerfully demonstrating the might of the revolutionary armed forces.”

The event on Thursday did not showcase Pyongyang’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which was unveiled at a much larger military showcase in October. That colossal weapon is believed to be able to deliver a nuclear warhead to anywhere in the United States, and its size had surprised even seasoned analysts when it was put on show last year.

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