North Korea has shown the largest ever parade display of military Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) in the capital city- Pyongyang.
As BBC News reports, the number of long-range missiles shown in the parade has prompted concern. Analysts say such a number of the missiles – which can in theory hit as far as the United States mainland could potentially overwhelm US nuclear defences if each missile carries multiple warheads.
Pyongyang’s media did not provide details, but said such an arsenal demonstrated the country’s “mighty war deterrence and counterattack capabilities”.
Pictures published by the North Korean media early on Thursday, February 9, 2023, appeared to show more than a dozen ICBMs rolling through the Central Square of North Korea accompanied by an Army of foot Soldiers.
Also, some North Korean analysts said that the display also included a new ICBM launcher which appeared to design to accommodate a Solid-Fuel Missile.
Solid-fuel missiles can be launched more quickly than Liquid-Fuel Missiles, which are hard to defend against.
Further, North Korea’s ruling regime has never successfully tested Long-Range Solid-Fuel Missiles.
“This is one of North Korea’s major nuclear modernization goals,” Ankit Panda, a nuclear policy specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said.
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“We should expect to see the first flight tests of Longer-Range Solid Fuel Missiles in the coming months,” Ankit Panda told the BBC.
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He added that the expansion of North Korea’s ICBM arsenal presented potentially “serious military planning challenges” for the United States in a conflict, as it would be difficult for the US to find and destroy all of North Korea’s mobile ICBMs.
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The parade comes after a record year of missile testing by North Korea in breach of the United Nations economic sanctions. That has led to several flare-ups of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The state’s Korean Central News Agency reported that the parade stressed the country’s ability to face down its enemies “nuke for nuke, confrontation for confrontation”.
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