Daily US Times: North Korea has unveiled a new ballistic missile in a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party. The missile was displayed with a 22 wheels vehicle, and its “colossal” size has surprised even seasoned analysts of the country’s arsenal. Defence expert Melissa Hanham explains what the missile is and why it is a threat to the United States and the world.
The size and the way how it was displayed surprised many.
The heavily choreographed event featured all the pomp and circumstance the world has come to expect from the country’s mass human performances. The event also contained a surprisingly emotional speech from Chairman Kim Jong-un, who at times wept as he spoke about the country’s struggles.
The parade revealed North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date.
So what we know so far about the missile?
Mr Kim gave his annual New Year’s address on 1 January 2020, wherein he announced that North Korea was “developing the state-of-the-art weapons system possessed only by advanced countries”.
The supreme leader of North Korea specifically referred to a “strategic” – meaning nuclear – weapons system under development.
This new ICBM is his promised strategic weapon. It absolutely targets the US, and is delivered as a fait accompli in the face of failed negotiations with the Trump administration.
The North already has two tested ICBMs. In 2007, the Hwasong-14 was tested twice with a range of 10,000km (6,213 miles) can reach nearly about half of the US mainland and all of western Europe carrying a single nuclear warhead.
The Hwasong-15, also tested the same year, has a range of 13,000km, meaning it can deliver a single nuclear warhead anywhere in the US mainland.
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