North Korea displays record number of nuclear missiles during nighttime military parade
It's raised questions about the development of new weapons in the country.
North Korea, a country shrouded in secrecy and known for its controversial nuclear weapons program, has showcased its missile production capabilities in a parade.
The parade, which was held in the capital city of Pyongyang, marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army and was attended by leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter, Kim Ju-ae, who is seen as a potential future leader in the hereditary dictatorship.
The parade, which was captured on footage by state media, displayed as many as 11 Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), North Korea's largest ICBM to date.
The Hwasong-17 is believed to have the ability to strike nearly anywhere in the world with a nuclear warhead, which has raised concerns about the country's military intentions. The Hwasong-17 was first tested last year, and its display at the parade is seen as a show of strength by the country's leaders.
Alongside the Hwasong-17, the parade also showcased what some analysts believe could be a prototype or mock-up of a new solid-fuel ICBM in canister launchers. The use of solid fuel in these missiles allows for quicker launches and more mobility, which makes them a more significant threat.
The presence of these missiles at the parade has raised questions about North Korea's development of new weapons and its potential to escalate tensions in the region.
The parade, which was held at night time, was a grand military showcase that demonstrated North Korea's commitment to its military and nuclear capabilities. Analysts say Kim Jong Un's attendance at the parade, along with his daughter, highlights the country's leadership's importance on its military and nuclear capabilities.
The international community has long been concerned about North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which has been described as one of the biggest threats to global security.
Despite numerous sanctions and diplomatic pressure, North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear weapons program and has conducted several nuclear tests in recent years.
The country's ballistic missile program has also been a cause for concern, as it gives North Korea the ability to strike other countries with nuclear weapons.
The United States, along with its allies, has been working to denuclearize North Korea and prevent it from developing a nuclear weapons program that could pose a threat to global security.
However, these efforts have been unsuccessful so far, and North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear weapons program.
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