North Korea Shows Off New ICBM, Sub-Based Missiles As US Aircraft Carrier Approaches

Tyler Durden's picture

For all the expectations of a North Korean nuke test, the country's "Day of the sun" celebrations ended up being a relatively subdued affair, with Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of its founding leader Kim Il-sung with a military parade in Pyongyang, where it for the first time publicly showcased its submarine-launched ballistic missiles as well as what appears to be a new type of ICBM, even as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region.

Missiles appeared to be the main theme of a giant military parade, with Kim's grandson, leader Kim Jong Un, taking time to greet the commander of the Strategic Forces, the branch that oversees the missile arsenal. Wearing a black suit and white shirt and a tie and laughing with aides, the country’s hereditary leader oversaw the festivities on Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square as he welcomed and addressed thousands of soldiers who took part in the parade honoring his grandfather.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people

As Reuters observes,, goose-stepping soldiers and marching bands filled the square, next to the Taedonggang River that flows through Pyongyang, in the hazy spring sunshine, followed by tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and other weapons.

North Korean soldiers march during the "Day of the sun" military parade

Single-engine propeller-powered planes flew in a 105 formation overhead.

One notable difference: unlike some previous parades attended by Kim, there did not appear to be a senior Chinese official in attendance. China is North Korea's lone major ally but has spoken out against its missile and nuclear tests and has supported U.N. sanctions. China on Friday again called for talks to defuse the crisis.

North Korean State TV showed images of the Pukkuksong-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) on trucks for the first time as the country continues to pursue an aggressive military and nuclear deterrent policy.  North Korea in February claimed that it successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface “medium long-range ballistic missile” known as the Pukkuksong-2, which is potentially capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Vehicles carry missiles with characters reading 'Pukkuksong' during a military parade
marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung

North Korea also showed off two new kinds of ICBM enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the back of trucks, suggesting Pyongyang was working towards a "new concept" of ICBM, said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the U.S.-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. "It's presumed to be a new ICBM. It seems longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 ICBMs," South Korean military official told Yonhap.

"However, North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them," Hanham said. "It is still early days for these missile designs."

A nes ICBM is driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

In his address to soldiers, Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide to Kim Jong Un, addressed the packed square with a characteristically bellicose warning to the United States. "If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare," he said.

Earlier, state news agency KCNA said the Trump administration's "serious military hysteria" had reached a "dangerous phase which can no longer be overlooked". The United States has warned that a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to South Korea on Sunday on a long-planned 10-day trip to Asia.

China's Global Times newspaper also rattled some cages when it said North Korea must have felt the shockwave from the 11-ton "mother of all bombs" dropped by U.S. forces on Islamic State-linked fighters in Afghanistan on Thursday. "It would be nice if the bomb could frighten Pyongyang, but its actual impact may just be the opposite."

North Korea on Friday denounced the United States for bringing "huge nuclear strategic assets" to the region as the USS Carl Vinson strike group with a flag-ship nuclear-powered aircraft carrier steamed closer.

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Looney's picture


Trump’s latest tweet:

Yesterday, I was informed that 268 American soldiers, led by Lt. Col. Custer, have been killed by the Indians. SAD.

Ivanka cried, again! I am going to bomb INDIA!


Looney   ;-)

nuubee's picture

Only in Best Korea can you get 105 anniversaries between 1948 and 2017

07564111's picture

Kim Il-sung was born in 1912 ya fuckwit. That's why the celebration is today 105 years later.

NoDecaf's picture

No senior Chinese officials? Don't worry another flip flop or two from Trump and he'll be attending the next parade.

CuttingEdge's picture

With the Trump armada approaching, if I was a North Korean I'd prefer my SLBM's being at 50 fathoms rather than on the backs of trucks.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Trump may be about to open his next great business venture, the World's Largest Ever Korean BBQ.


Golden Showers's picture

That's really funny and furthers the conversation, NB.

Normally I wouldn't hit a guy with glasses. But since it's your schtick to insult our intelligence with your two day old shit one liners, I kind of figured it would be justified to tell you that I downvoted you for being pithy.

You're about as funny as Everybody Loves Raymond reruns. About as usefull here, too.

Why don't you take a minute and tell us something interesting rather than beating off in public? I suppose from your posting that people in N. Korea are just animals good for napalming? Turn the place into a restaurant chain. Put some sauce on it. Turn the heat up.

I get your irony. But I don't think you are funny. With all respect I disagree with the joke. The reason why I disagree with the joke is that you don't follow through. The difference between you and a real commedian like Hicks or Carlin is that they have a punch line.

Aristotle said that part of humor is mistaking the particular for the general. You can't even do that. What you can do is the opposite: mistake the general for the general and the particular for the particular. Since it's all the same to you.

So, boo! Pick up your hat and just shut the fuck up. I get into a groove here with real commedians and funny people and then you're here like the Family Circus in the bottom corner and you SUCK!

Write something funny, douche nozzle.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Didn't you hear the rim shot?  

Normalcy Bias's picture

Whoa! Off the meds, are we?

Lighten the fuck up, Francis. You know, you can just skip over my posts, which is what I suppose I've done with yours during the nearly SIX YEARS you've been on ZH. I didn't even know you existed. LOL!

Since your posts have gone completely unnoticed for such a long time, I know I won't have any trouble shredding you. I'll take a look around...

HardAssets's picture

They probably have a few more of those. Until there's another mysterious contrail off the coast of southern CA, like a few years ago - - we're golden !

Raffie's picture

I don't understand why we don't use a space based stealth nuke while they are having a parade.

Would get them all in 1 hit.

king leon's picture

N/K Has the 5th largest military in the world I.2 mil army 10 mil army reservists they could over run the south in about 2 days. Seoul has population of about 20 mil and within easy reach of N/K artillery . So if  S/K fell to N/K what would the cost be to retake it in lives and US$$$$ considering the US is broke.

bobbbny's picture

Broke? Why we can print all the money we need.

We don't even mind the Nooks doing it for us.

Saves on paper & ink.

hoos bin pharteen's picture

Hilarious. The last thing the RoK government wants is 1.2 million PoW's and a giant mess to clean up in the north. That's part of the reason this idiocy has lasted so long.

Oldrepublic's picture

Kim was born in a Korea under Japanese colonial rule, one of the harshest colonial regimes in history

Sandmann's picture

Education isn't what it used to be in Oligarchic USA as George Carlin said

X- x3's picture

Good 1 Looney.....

On an even lighter note, if DJT bombs NRK, Xi & the Chinese should take-out the 'huuge humpty-dummy-trumpy armada' directly as being the one's who started 'it' in their neighborhood.

Simultaneously knocking-out the THAAD-station in RSKorea.

Russia should at the same moment take-out the AGEIS-system in Romania and announce a NO-Fly Zone in Syria.

Bet ya Ivanka would shut-up real quick.


chimchim's picture

Who's f'n side are you on?

HardAssets's picture

Some think this is like a video game, rather than having flesh & blood human lives at stake.

logicalman's picture

Personally, I'm on the side of decent, ordinary people.

Don't care where or what shade of skin.

Government is THE problem.

logicalman's picture

Great example of Western propaganda.


HardAssets's picture

internet glitch

Sorry for double post

WorkingPoor's picture

Ah good, someone's Reagan is showing.

It's a stretch calling the Kim regime anything other than what it is.. a tyrannical dynasty. If you thought the US war planners of yesteryear were in a bad way with Russia and China, IMAGINE their consternation with as rabidly unstable a situation as the DPRK presents.

Given the concept of "face", fatboy won't back down publicly.




BarkingCat's picture

Why?? Because the news media that lies to you about everything else has told you so???

Sandmann's picture

Princess Ivanka of the House of Trump

X- x3's picture

...that should be (((JAP))), as in jewish-american-princess.


small axe's picture

get a grip, sir, get a grip

CorporateCongress's picture

Why didn't we drop a couple of MOABs on that square?

Citxmech's picture

Because getting a C-130 into Nork airspace at a blazing 300kts would be a bit difficult.

AViewFromDublin's picture

North Korea is one of the last few remaining countries in the world that is not under Jewish control and is opposed to the Jewish terrorist state Israel. This is the real reason why Trump has decided to send a naval armada to provoke the North Koreans. North Korea doesn’t bother anyone and all the 24/7 non-stop around the clock western media vilification of Kim Jong Un is the Jew manipulating your mind into supporting another Jewish war. Trump is simply following the orders given to him by his Jewish advisers. The US government is, just like in Iraq, Iran, and Syria, simply following the orders given to it by the Jewish lobby to destroy all enemies of Israel—even if those orders are directly contradictory to the interests of America and will result in the death and maiming of even more Americans. Don’t believe me? Well then Let’s take look at what (((Wikipedia))) says about North Korea:


"Israeli-North Korean relations (Korean: ????-??????????? ??) are very hostile,[1] and North Korea has never recognized the state of Israel, denouncing it as an "imperialist satellite".[2] Since 1988 it recognises the sovereignty of the State of Palestine over all of Israel, except for the Golan Heights, which it recognises as part of Syria.

North Korea sent 20 pilots and 19 non-combat personnel to Egypt during Yom Kippur War. The unit had four to six encounters with the Israelis from August through the end of the war. According to Shlomo Aloni, the last aerial engagement on the Egyptian front, which took place on 6 December, saw Israeli F-4s engage North Korean-piloted MiG-21s. The Israelis shot down one MiG, and another was shot down by friendly fire from Egyptian air defenses.[3]

Over the years, North Korea has supplied missile technology to Israel's neighbours, including Iran, Syria, Libya, and Egypt.[4][5][6] Syria, which has a history of confrontations with Israel, has long maintained a relationship with North Korea based on the cooperation between their respective nuclear programs. On 6 September 2007, the Israeli Air Force conducted airstrike "Operation Orchard" on a target in the Deir ez-Zor region of Syria. According to media reports, 10 North Koreans who "had been helping with the construction of a nuclear reactor in Syria" were killed during the airstrike.[7]

When North Korea opened up for Western tourists in 1986 it excluded citizens of Israel along with those of Japan, the United States, and France.[8] Jewish people from other countries have experienced problems entering North Korea. Israel has called for world action against North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.[9] It has been suggested that North Korea has sought to model its nuclear weapons programme on Israel's, as "a small-state deterrent for a country surrounded by powerful enemies; to display enough activity to make possession of a nuclear device plausible to the outside world, but with no announcement of possession: in short, to appear to arm itself with an ultimate trump card and keep everyone guessing whether and when the weapons might become available."

edotabin's picture

While everything you say may be true, NK is not exactly a stellar example of a society and really doesn't encourage others to follow suit or create an alternative to what we have in the west. In this regard, NK may be doing more harm than good.

The only way to correct the imbalances of our system is to understand them, highlight them and offer a better way forward. Locking up a country tighter than a jail cell is not the answer.


AViewFromDublin's picture

Ooops double bad.

jusman's picture

OK - thanks for mentioning it.  Saw Looney's comment to your first post before I read the post and it confused me (easily done today - doobie doo....)....


zerocash's picture

Next he'll bomb the US state of Georgia when something happens in the ex-Soviet country Georgia.

BarkingCat's picture

Or Ivanka hears that some girl named Georgia said something bad about her.

earleflorida's picture

scary shit, when ya think think of what can be swapped in or out in these nuke? silos

yogibear's picture

Would have been the best time to hit fat-boy Un. Him on the stand being hit by a cruise missile.

Plus all that military hardware being destroyed.

Mr. Schmilkies's picture

Most likely fake military hardware, tin can missiles.

Mr. Schmilkies's picture

One accidentally on purpose MOAB dropped in the center of that square and it's all over for fat boy and his toys.

Citxmech's picture

The propeller driven aircraft formation says a lot.  

CRM114's picture


Not enough serviceable jets, or enough pilots with the skill to fly big formations. They'll have been practicing for months to manage what they have.

U4 eee aaa's picture

I was shocked to hear they actually own subs. Are they used WW2 era U-boats picked up at a surplus sale?

That said, they probably don't want too many jets flying around. One rogue pilot could end the dictatorship and become an instant hero as he goes down in flames

CRM114's picture

The subs are a melange of stuff reverse engineered from the Chinese and Russians. The best they could be is poor copies of the Golf II - 1960's tech. 'Bout as noisy as living next door to the Superbowl stadium.

BarkingCat's picture

You take a pickle barrel, a bicycle gear set, blade from an old ceiling fan and 20 old colostomy bags and you have a sub.

silverer's picture

Are you advocating raining on a parade? Geez.