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On Wednesday evening, North Korea held a rare military parade through the capital at the center of which is what many believe to be a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
In a rare move, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife, along with his young daughter, were seen viewing the parade, which marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the country's army. According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) Pyongyang touted its ability to stand "nuke for nuke, confrontation for confrontation" against its enemies, according to an official statement.
KCNA also noted that a variety of nuclear-capable weapons were showcased, which will allow North Korea to improve its ability to go "power-to-power, all-out confrontation" in any conflicts with its enemies.
Also included in the parade were 11 Hwasong-17 ICBMs, which is thought to be a record number of the ICBMs to be shown at once, as the most ever seen together previously had been 4 during a parade in 2020.
Also of interest was the pendant that Ri Sol Ju, the wife of the North Korean leader, was wearing around her neck. The pendant is in the shape of the country's largest ICBM, the Hwasong-17, which was test-launched in 2022. The Hwasong-17 is thought to be capable of striking the U.S.
As for the new ICBM, it was unclear as to whether what was on display in the parade was a mock-up of a rocket or an actual missile.
According to Kim Dong-yub, a professor at Seoul's University of North Korean Studies, the missile was "likely a version of a solid-fuel ICMB the North has been trying to develop for years."
Dong-yub also pointed to additional concerns on display during the parade saying, "the unprecedented number of Hwasong-17's paraded in Wednesday's event suggests progress in efforts to mass produce those weapons."
North Korea's military parade and unveiling of its latest ICBM comes as the world shifts its prominent nuclear powers from the U.S. and European allies to countries such as Russia, China, and North Korea. Germany and Japan have begun rebuilding their respective militaries in response to growing tensions and threats around the globe as NATO leaders struggle to figure out how to cautiously respond to the formation of concerning new international military alliances.
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Neither Rocket Boy nor his predecessors have shown the ability to hit anything but ocean waves with their fireworks. How long will it take to figure out Communist propaganda is spouted in inverse proportion to reality? The the louder the screech is, the more impotent the screecher is.