World News – CA – Kim Jong Un Throws Down With Huge New ICBM: Analysts


North Korean observers regularly warn that devices presented by Pyongyang during its parades may be models

The gargantuan new missile presented by North Korea in a military parade is an explicit threat to U.S. defenses and an implicit challenge to both the current U.S. president and the next U.S. president, analysts say, warning that Pyongyang could test the weapon next year

Chef Kim Jong Un watched the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) roll through Kim Il Sung Square – named after his grandfather – in Pyongyang at the height of an unprecedented night parade on Saturday

Analysts agreed that it was the world’s largest mobile liquid-fueled road missile and was most likely designed to carry multiple warheads in independent reentry vehicles (MIRVs)

Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said it « was clearly aimed at overwhelming the US missile defense system in Alaska »

If the ICBM carried three or four warheads, he added on Twitter, the United States would have to spend around $ 1 billion on 12 to 16 interceptors to defend against each missile

« At this price, I’m pretty sure North Korea can add warheads faster than we can add interceptors »

The missile was estimated to be 24 meters long and 25 meters in diameter, which specialist Markus Schiller said was large enough to carry 100 tonnes of fuel, which would take hours to load

It was so big and heavy that it was practically unusable, he added: « You can’t move this powered stuff, and you can’t fill it at the launch site

« This thing makes absolutely no sense except for threat equation sets, like sending the message ‘We now have a mobile ICBM with MIRVs, be very scared' »

North Korean observers routinely warn that devices Pyongyang showcases on its parades may be mock-ups or models, and there is no evidence that they will work until tested

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But the missile was carried on a huge, previously invisible 11-axle transporter-assembler-launcher, far larger than the Chinese-made eight-axle vehicles the North has employed so far.

« The truck is perhaps a more frightening story than the missile, » said Melissa Hanham of the Open Nuclear Network

« If the DPRK locally produces its own chassis, there is less constraint on the number of ICBMs it can launch »

– Red lines – Shortly before his inauguration in 2017, Donald Trump tweeted that North Korea developing a weapon capable of reaching parts of the United States « will not happen! »

He spent the first year of his presidency – which saw the North launch an ICBM with the range to do just that – in a growing war of words with Kim before an extraordinary diplomatic bromance developed between them.

But nuclear talks have been deadlocked since their Hanoi summit collapsed early last year on sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in return

The ICBM was proof that the North had continued to develop its arsenal throughout the diplomatic process, analysts said, and gave Pyongyang more leverage to demand a return to the negotiating table

« Like it or not, North Korea is a nuclear power and is probably the third nuclear power capable of striking American cities, third after Russia and China, » Andrei told AFP Lankov from Korea Risk Group

Kim was sending the United States a message saying that the capabilities of the North were improving and that « if you don’t want to make a deal now, you have to make a deal some time later which will be worse for you, the international community « , he added

More than 12 hours after the parade aired on North Korean public television ended, Trump had yet to tweet about it – nor was his Democratic rival Joe Biden

Trump has made much of Kim’s promise to no longer conduct ICBMs or nuclear tests, and Shin Beom-chul of the Korea National Strategy Research Institute said that by displaying the missile rather than launch it, Pyongyang had stopped before crossing its red lines

« But it also indicates that North Korea could make a launch if Trump is re-elected and ignores the North Korean issue, » he said, adding, « If Biden is elected and he doesn’t don’t listen to North Korea, it will launch « 

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed)

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