North Korea displays advanced ICBMs at military parade
Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
North Korea showed nearly a dozen advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at an evening military parade Wednesday, in what state media said was evidence of the country's "greatest nuclear strike capability," according to CNN.
The missiles paraded through Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square as leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife and a girl believed to be his daughter looked on.
The widely anticipated event, marking the anniversary of the founding of North Korea's military, comes less than two months after leader Kim called for an "exponential increase" in his country's nuclear arsenal in response to what he claims are threats from South Korea and the United States.
The ICBMs displayed North Korea's "highest" nuclear strike capability, North Korea's KCNA news agency said, adding that the parade also featured tactical nuclear units.
Images released by state media showed up to 11 Hwasong-17, North Korea's largest ICBMs, which are suspected to have the range to strike almost anywhere in the world with a nuclear warhead.
“These are cumulatively more ICBM launchers than we have ever seen in a North Korean parade before,” Ankit Panda of the US-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said on Twitter.
If such ICBMs are equipped with multiple warheads, that number could be enough to overwhelm existing US missile defense systems," Ankit Panda added.
More missile tests
Last year, North Korea tested more missiles than at any time in its history, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could theoretically strike the continental United States.
That missile, the Hwasong-17, which was first tested last year, is what analysts said were on display in record numbers Wednesday night.
Prior to the show, commercial satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies showed at least 17 of what were believed to be mobile ballistic missile launchers lined up in preparation for the parade.
In addition to intercontinental ballistic missiles, North Korean state media said the parade featured tactical missiles and long-range cruise missilesaccording to REUTERS.
The Kim regime uses its military parades to bolster domestic support for its military programs while sending a signal to the United States, South Korea and others that it is prepared to respond to any attack.
Wednesday night's parade followed a lavish banquet the night before at which Kim put a girl believed to be her daughter Ju Ae in the spotlightthe latest sign that the girl is possibly being groomed as her eventual successor.
It may interest you:
– North Korea continues to fire missiles, including a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile
– Seoul and Washington will carry out theoretical simulation that contemplates a nuclear attack by North Korea
– North Korea threatens the US to react with “overwhelming nuclear force” and “tougher”
- Allow me to introduce myself. I am Nathan Rivera, a dedicated journalist who has had the privilege of writing for the online newspaper Today90. My journey in the world of journalism has been a testament to the power of dedication, integrity, and passion.
My story began with a relentless thirst for knowledge and an innate curiosity about the events shaping our world. I graduated with honors in Investigative Journalism from a renowned university, laying the foundation for what would become a fulfilling career in the field.
What sets me apart is my unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth. I refuse to settle for superficial answers or preconceived narratives. Instead, I constantly challenge the status quo, delving deep into complex issues to reveal the reality beneath the surface. My dedication to investigative journalism has uncovered numerous scandals and shed light on issues others might prefer to ignore.
I am also a staunch advocate for press freedom. I have tirelessly fought to protect the rights of journalists and have faced significant challenges in my quest to inform the public truthfully and without constraints. My courage in defending these principles serves as an example to all who believe in the power of journalism to change the world.
Throughout my career, I have been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for my outstanding work in journalism. My investigations have changed policies, exposed corruption, and given a voice to those who had none. My commitment to truth and justice makes me a beacon of hope in a world where misinformation often prevails.
At Today90, I continue to be a driving force behind journalistic excellence. My tireless dedication to fair and accurate reporting is an invaluable asset to the editorial team. My biography is a living testament to the importance of journalism in our society and a reminder that a dedicated journalist can make a difference in the world.
- Celebrities29/11/2023iCarly's Jennette McCurdy Details Past Pregnancy Scare
- Celebrities29/11/2023Anticipate frost, rain and fog banks
- Celebrities29/11/2023The Hilarious Reason Why Dolly Parton Only Uses Fax and Not Text
- Celebrities29/11/2023Check Today It Doesn't Circulate Wednesday, November 28, 2023 in CDMX and Edomex