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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nmewn's picture

Now see! Why can't we have military parades like this?

Oh yeah, thats right..."Stop that man he's riding his bike without a helmet! Tackle him! Arrest him! Fine him!" 

musimann's picture

They sure know how to throw a parade!

Colonel's picture

Hmmm they don't look like a ragtag group of Mooselimbs with white Nike sneakers.

CuttingEdge's picture

And that is just the women...

tmosley's picture

NoKo is going to be very surprised when it attempts to initiate a strike and finds that the US somehow knows exactly where ALL of its hardware is, even the stuff in bunkers.

AI is a helluva analysis device. It can watch literally every square inch of North Korea at the same time, watching for movement of equipment, personnel (maybe even individual people), and supplies. If the US doesn't have this capability today, I can guarantee you they will soon.

Sandmann's picture

Well the US has been liberating Mosul since 2003 so we may as well be patient !

CuttingEdge's picture

If the US is relying on the same "intelligence" agencies who gave us WMD in Iraq and Assad gassing his own...the US is fucked.

BurningFuld's picture

Always remember the intelligence "gathered" is the intelligence they need for their particular narrative.

nmewn's picture

Where are the fat little cherubs dancing around throwing rose petals at his feet? I expect to see dancers and lots of smiling, happy faces with flowers all over the place with my Nork propaganda!

Thats the damned problem with this world, there's no quality commie propaganda anymore!

RiverRoad's picture

Are you dinging the NYT?

nmewn's picture

Zactly, I mean, when you say "according to government officials who wish to remain anonymous" can't then turn on a dime and say..."Nope. There was no spying on Trump-Hitler-Putin. He's obviously a crazy person for even tweeting that. Believe us. Serously." 

It stretches my credulity waaay beyond the breaking point for me and then them coming to the late realization that they were/are in fact admitting to multiple felonies simply buries any thought they can be relied on for anything but Kim Jung Un-style propaganda. 

07564111's picture

I thought they had it already, I'm sure they told us how good their Sats etc. are.

It's just a shame that, when evidence to back up spurious claims is needed, they are found to not be working at the time, or, looking elsewhere. MH-17 ;)

EuroPox's picture

You would imagine they have sats watching everything in Syria too - so maybe they have pictures of the false flag attack in Idlib that they are not sharing...

07564111's picture

Sharing those details would probably lead to the discovery of the is-rael culprits.

tmosley's picture

The difference here is that there aren't many different groups working in NoKo. If a unit of soldiers is moving there, you know that it is a group of North Koreans.

That said, I would be VERY disappointed to find that there isn't a geostationary spy satellite parked over Syria taking in the entire country in high resolution at all times. Again, throw in some AI visualization and you should have very accurate intelligence about who is doing what and where.

logicalman's picture

Funny how Joe Public only gets to see the stuff that supports the psychopaths.

The other 99% is classified.

Golden Showers's picture

That's what makes N. Korea so fascinating. There's only one N. Korea. The information we get about this rogue state is propaganda. North Koreans are strictly North Koreans. Like some zoo animal that never comes outside to exhibit it's neurosis for being held captive, everything about it is tabloid.

If N. Korea has it's own point of view it's not acceptable to the civilized nations. N. Korea is kind of what you'd expect of a juvenile foster kid from a broken home who was abused all it's life. The fact that N. Korea is flashing it's might in the face of misguided "authority figures" is what one might expect. It's healthy, in the sense that it still does not know how to be assertive and has a really bad inferiority complex.

There isn't a nation on this earth that has anything to fear from N. Korea if they just left N.Korea alone. North Korea is nostalgic, idealistic, and if they want to be allied economically with China, then, good. The same cannot be said for the United States. The US destroys sovereignty, culture, creates chaos and does it for Israel. We give our power to Israel. We work and live and breath for Israel. Two world wars later the US is a zionist lapdog. The average person in the US has so little in common with their governing class that we are the enemies of the state. At least in N. Korea you have a homogenous society that has a lot in common with thier dictator. At least Kim Chee Un fart locker wants to protect his own peeps from the big bad world or just be a dick about it.

N. Korea is paranoid. But that's reasonable. If the Trump wants to fuck with it and Russia and China and his pissed off voters, he's a fucking asshole.

matrix reinvented's picture

I entirely agree mostly with your post here, but most NK people don't view him as a said dictator. Its their culture that chooses if they want a personality like Kim in charge? Similarities with Saddam, Gadaffi here also, the majority of Iraqi's, Libyans never viewed theses characters as a dictators either.


Zionism really does distort our views against anything/anyone truly sovereign.   

TwelveOhOne's picture

Agreed -- it was amazing to me to watch the video a few years back about the immense water pipeline that Gadaffi had created, and used to benefit his people.  He converted desert into farmland with it!  And he gave plots to people if they agreed to farm on it.

I'm reading this "Political Ponerology" preview that someone posted yesterday.  Amazing stuff, it's helping me deal with some of the times I've been taken advantage of by psycopaths.  Unexpected benefits; thanks to "X - x3" for posting it!  (

Here's the book at Amazon, and if you're a Kindle Unlimited member you can read it for free:

matrix reinvented's picture

Yeah, I've been aware of Gadaffi's construction works, and that infamous pipe line ZATO purposely destroyed. 

Thanks for the links.

Normalcy Bias's picture

There isn't a nation on this earth that has anything to fear from N. Korea if they just left N.Korea alone. North Korea is nostalgic, idealistic, and if they want to be allied economically with China, then, good... LOL. What an embarrassingly naive pile of garbage.

Kid, did your Professors at some third tier community college teach you that crap?

At least Kim Chee Un fart locker wants to protect his own peeps from the big bad world or just be a dick about it. How old are you, 18, 19? That's the maturity level, anyway.

U4 eee aaa's picture

I'm pretty sure the only thing the sats are doing is looking in women's windows

CRM114's picture

Don't be ridiculous..


..satellites can't get the slant angle. Drones are used for looking into women's bathrooms.

EuroPox's picture

Well that's all good but what about the 50+ (reasonably modern) NOK subs capable of launching a mini nuke? 

07564111's picture

Kamikaze Subs ? I wonder if the US can track them all ?

EuroPox's picture

They can't be detected unless they are very close or moving - prop noise gives them away (neutrino detectors are pretty much useless near a carrier). I guess we are going to find out how much the US knows about where they all are fairly soon - can't see a US attack happening if some of Kim's subs are 'missing'...  Just too risky.

peter4805's picture

They couldn't track that Malaysian Airlines Jumbo jet that's been missing now for two years. So I think Kimmy's subs are pretty safe. 

tmosley's picture

AI trained on sonar=high resolution underwater visualization, no ping required.

Subs that aren't coated with metamaterials are dead ducks in any conflict with a modern military, assuming there is such a thing. If Google had a navy, they would certainly win such a conflict.

Really the only way to do a nuclear strike in the age of pervasive AI is to drop it from orbit or deliver it by a really, really fast missile.

EuroPox's picture

Unless someone knows where all the subs are, I am still saying there will not be an attack.  The NOKs could have scattered radioactive material on the ocean floor to confuse any detectors - just one sub sitting and waiting with a mini nuke is all you need to take out a carrier that comes too close.

CRM114's picture

Someone does know where all the subs are.

Nork subs are about as quiet as a teen party when the parents are away.

EuroPox's picture

You willing to bet the Carl Vinson on that?

Citxmech's picture

Anyone think that we can sink a Nork sub without an obvious indication whether it was due to an attack or "tragic accident?"  What does NK do if they "lose contact" with one of their submarines? . . .  Like maybe their new SLBM sub?


CRM114's picture

Since, thus far, the Norks only operate their subs in coastal waters, and it's likely in both Russia and China's interests to expose any illegal US acts, then it's highly likely resources would be lent to discover any "unexplained" sub sinking.

CRM114's picture

There are other local measures for detection, and it's not my call; but Yes, I think Trump, Mattis and COMPACFLT will be willing to bet the Vinson on that.

BarkingCat's picture

AI this and AI that. You have been watching too many sci-fi movies.

Thom Paine's picture

Yeh, while everybody is looking for NK subs and military vessels, missile launchers, there is a normal looking fishing boat hanging around off Seoul or anywhere else along the coast really.

TheMagician's picture

"I can guarantee you they will soon."


Won't matter if you are dead tomorrow due to biological attacks within USA by activated NK sleeper cells. Or did your "soon" to be wonder AI computer predict that too?


tmosley's picture

Unless they have Soviet-era bioweapons, I doubt they have any. Remember, this is a country that can't even feed its army. It seems they have bet EVERYTHING on their nuclear program, and haven't even been able to make that work, mainly because they rely on CIA-infected off the shelf computers and other electronics. Hungry scientists have trouble concentrating, too.

If they tried to make their own bioweapons, we'd probably wake up one day to find everyone in NoKo dying of the plague.

TheMagician's picture

Yeah, riiight...LOL


"Biological. Open sources have often reported defector allegations of a North Korean biological warfare program. North Korea continues to research bacterial and viral biological agents that could support an offensive Biological Weapons program. Infrastructure, combined with its weapons industry, gives North Korea a potentially robust biological warfare capability. "


North Korean Biological Weapons North Korea has been very effective in denying the world information about its biological weapon programs. North Korea practices such information denial across almost all of its military. activities.3 Biological weapon programs are easier to hide than most military programs because they can be developed in a university setting or hidden within efforts to develop related vaccines. As a result, the outside world has little direct information on North Korean biological weapons and therefore has mainly indirect inferences, creating substantial uncertainties.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Read "Lab 257" for the US version of the bio-weapon labs.  We got Lyme Disease from it.

tmosley's picture

You know, it's funny. When I first signed up for twitter back in 2014, it was able to identify damn near everyone that I had ever interacted with, having been given just my name and email address. AI has advanced exponentially since then. Probably at least 100x more powerful today than then.

North Korean spies likely stand out like sore thumbs--easy to find IF they have and decide to use the right tools. Fake backgrounds and fake IDs are worthless, because they will look at where you claim to come from and find you never interacted with anyone there. Only some sort of Manchurian candidate that had been secretly indoctrinated prior to the age of AI and also provided with these bio-warfare agents would be able to pull off such an attack in a situation where AI was being used to weed out such sleepers.

A few years from now, pre-crime will be a thing. No autists in tanks required.

U4 eee aaa's picture

and how hard is it to give an agent 5 million dollars and have him slip over the southern border over the last 10 years? If he is living cheap that is a lot of money. Good luck finding needles in a haystack

Are you so stupid to believe people haven't done crazy things because of the capability of the US government? No, it is because they haven't cared to act at this point. The only terrorists the US government has been able to take down is autists they managed to convince to commit an act

Oldrepublic's picture

In 2002, the chief of the Arab league said that an attack on Iraq would open the gates of hell. A US attack on NK would be the same

Dark star's picture

It is, of course, possible that all that amazing weaponry is made from cardboard and baked bean tins. It wouldn't be the first time.

It might be real too.

Trump isn't the only one to project deranged uncertainty.

RiverRoad's picture

If a snake promises to bite you, cut it's head off.  If not, sit down and chat with it.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

The US Armada sails.

After 67 years of war with N. Korea,

Soon it will be over.

Final Victory!

America will live without fear,

Once again.

tmosley's picture

While I like the idea of ending this war and saving those people from Communism, I for one, hardly lived in fear my whole life over what North Korea of all nations was going to do.

jusman's picture

The people of North Korea do not need to be "saved" from communism.  If it doesn't work for them, they will get angry enough and things will change.  Kind of like what is starting to happen south of my border (Canada) just have not gotten there yet (though soon) and perhaps the NK neither...