North Korea shows off the largest-ever number of nuclear missiles at night time parade
North Korea, now armed with nuclear weapons, displayed its missile production capabilities during a nighttime parade on Thursday, displaying more intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) than ever before and hinting at a new solid-fuel weapon.
According to the state news agency KCNA, the North Korean military held a nighttime parade in Pyongyang on Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of its army.
Kim Jong Un was there with his daughter. She is considered a potential future leader of the country under a hereditary dictatorship.
KCNA stated that the ICBMs displayed North Korea’s greatest nuclear strike ability, and added that the parade also included tactical nuclear units.
Imagery released by state media showed as many as 11 Hwasong-17s, North Korea’s largest ICBMs, which are suspected to have the range to strike nearly anywhere in the world with a nuclear warhead.
The Hwasong-17 was first tested last year.
North Korea has forged ahead with its ballistic missile program, launching larger and more advanced missiles despite United Nations Security Council resolutions and sanctions.
The Hwasong-17s were followed by what some analysts said could be a prototype or mockup of a new solid-fuel ICBM in canister launchers.