Kim Jong-un flexed his military muscle during a parade to celebrate his grandfather 105th anniversary as he showcased his arsenal of rockets, including what is believed to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles and quick-fire solid-fuel missiles.
North Korea displayed — for the first time — its KN-15, which is a land-based version of its deadly submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The missile, called the Pukguksong-2 or “Polaris-2”, is powered by solid fuel which would make it almost undetectable by US satellites in the event of war.
Kim Jong-un flexed his military muscle at a parade in Pyongyang over the weekend
North Korea unveiled its submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) on Saturday
The new generation missiles mark a shift in military power as tension continue to escalate between the US and North Korea, according to the military analysis website Warisboring.com
Nuclear weapons expert, Jeffrey Lewis, head of the East Asia program at the James Martin Centre for Non-proliferation Studies also believes Kim Jong-un showcased what may have been a KN-08, a three-stage missile which could reach the US from North Korea.
Mr Lewis' colleague, Melissa Hanham told the Washington Post: “Solid fuel is very significant because they can launch these missiles much faster and with a smaller entourage than with liquid-fuelled missiles, making them much harder for the United States, South Korea and Japan to spot from satellites.”
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A second set of canisters, which featured in the parade, appeared similar to Russia’s Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korea’s arsenal up until now was understood to have relied mainly on liquid-fuelled missiles, which are simpler and cheaper to make but are slower to launch.
Liquid-fuelled missile can only be loaded at the time of fire, causing a crucial delay, while solid can be built into the rockets making them ready at a moment’s notice.
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The missiles are reportedly more compact and can fit mobile launchers which can easily be hidden.
It is understood North Korea is still the process of developing its solid fuel technology following a failed missile launch on Saturday.
Questions have also be raised over whether the missiles paraded over the weekend may have been fake after some of the rockets appeared flimsy and wonky-looking.
But speaking on the allegation Mr Lewis said: “It looks like a real missile. They could go to all the trouble of manufacturing a perfect copy, but if you’re doing that, it’s just as easy to make the real missile.”