North Korea’s New Ballistic Missiles and Weapon Systems

On Saturday October 10, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un during the country’s 75th workers anniversary unveiled what many suspect as a new long-range missile.

During the celebrations, North Korea paraded a variety of weapons systems, including two missiles that were disclosed for the first time to a foreign audience.

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North Korea parades its ballistic missiles to mark the 75th founding anniversary of its ruling Workers’ Party. Image/Reuters

What was that weapon and could North Korea test launch it is now the subject of intense debate among international observers.

One is what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile that is larger than any of the North’s known missiles.

Some military experts say the weapon could be an advanced Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) and suggested North Korea is preparing to test the underwater weapon.

The Saturday paramilitary parade was the country’s first parade in more than two years and it happened only a few weeks before America heads to presidential elections.

Kim Un had not showcased any of his ballistic missiles in its parades since him and President Donald Trump held a first ever North Korea summit in 2018.

Sources in South Korea Military told Associated Press that for unknown reasons, the parade took place before dawn on Saturday.

During the highly talked about event, no foreign media or foreigners were allowed to attend.

The nation’s state media however released edited state-media footage.

Security analysts noted that the highly choreographed event was complete with modern assault weapons, air defence systems and armoured vehicles.

But what has left many foreign nations in Europe and America concerned is the parading of new ballistic missiles.

The first missile paraded was the Pukguksong 4A submarine-launched, followed by a huge Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on a launcher vehicle with a colossal eleven axles which analysts say has no name yet.

The showcase was the culmination of 12 months of building and boosting its nuclear capabilities.

The new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) was a symbolic message to its allies and foes alike, which now throws the possibility of perpetual peace and diplomacy into a spin.

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