Kim Jong-un shows off ‘monster’ nuclear missile at North Korea military parade
Kim Jong-un unveiled a "monster" of an intercontinental ballistic missile at a gigantic military parade in North Korea today.
Analysts said the missile, which was shown on a transporter vehicle with 11 axles, would be one of the largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the world if it becomes operational.
"This missile is a monster," said Melissa Hanham, deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network.
Also proudly displayed were the Hwasong-15, which is the longest-range missile ever tested by North Korea, and what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
The parade was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party.
Previously, officials in South Korea and the US speculated Kim could use the event to unveil a new "strategic weapon" as promised earlier this year.
A senior US administration official called the display of the ICBM "disappointing" and called on the government to negotiate to achieve complete denuclearisation.
The parade featured North Korea’s ballistic missiles for the first time since Kim began meeting with international leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, in 2018.
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"We will continue to build our national defence power and self-defensive war deterrence," Kim said, vowing that the nukes will never be used in pre-emptive strikes.
He made no direct mention of the United States or the now-stalled denuclearisation talks.
Kim blamed international sanctions, typhoons, and the coronavirus for preventing him from delivering on promises of economic progress.
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In a speech, he said: "I am ashamed that I have never been able to repay you properly for your enormous trust.
"My efforts and devotion were not sufficient to bring our people out of difficult livelihoods."
The video showed Kim make an appearance as a clock struck midnight.
Dressed in a grey suit and tie, he waved to the crowd and accepted flowers from children while surrounded by military officials in Pyongyang’s recently renovated Kim Il Sung Square.
Kim spoke for nearly half an hour, often visibly sweating despite the cool morning air, shedding tears when thanking the troops, and smiling and laughing as he watched the missiles.
The parade was highly choreographed, with thousands of troops marching in formation, displays of new conventional military equipment including tanks, and fighter jets launching flares and fireworks.
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