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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Sizzurp's picture

They have six of those subs, but they are small and their range is limited. There is an outside possibility they could threaten Hawaii, but that is considered unlikely. Japan, Guam, SK or the CV fleet are another story. NK did put a satellite in orbit which means that THADD system better be 100%, or we better take out all those launching facilities quickly. If that doesn't happen, we could have a major problem.

Robert Trip's picture

Now THAT'S a parade!

Homosexuals take note.

Past time you upped your game.

The Koreans are eating your lunch.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

NK has a pure society.


Go to any U.S. sports stadium to see all the race mixers.  Could be the reason why the US hasn't won a war since Grenada. 

bogbeagle's picture

NORK sub sails into New York ... is packed with huge nuclear device ... Kamikaze-style.


Who's gonna stop it?


Best thing for America ... mind your own fucking business.

SHADEWELL's picture


You lik a shit dick like that God the world hostage. What do think would happen if he obtained a stockpile of icbms

If that sub did that North Korea would become a crater. As in completely wiped off the globe

bogbeagle's picture

Well, N Korea has at least 70 submarines ... so, there would be no need to confine an attack to just NY.


If he did obtain a stockpile of ICBMs, I expect he might act exactly like the US.

CRM114's picture

All the Nork subs are diesel electric, which for the non-maritimely informed means they can't cross the Pacific without a surface support tanker, which is like going hunting in a clown suit.

Lost in translation's picture

Nothing but Yellow Journalism in the US, these days.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

View From Hawaii

1. We do not fear N. Korea.

2. We fear our fecal contaminated shoreline.

3. We fear the Sea of Plastic Debris.

4. Most of all, we fear the people who live here.

_ArC_'s picture

Dude you don't speak for all! Now shut up and don't make us a target! Mahalo!

frontierland's picture

One has to admire the Facist pagentry of 'Good Korea's' Monarcho-Communists. 

Racial Nationalists and Traditional Conservatives...  Go Figure.

tuetenueggel's picture

Why don´t big mouth USA nuke him ?

Are they afraid that he´s not bluffing ? Maybe he´s not. Maybe he is.

Find it out or simply shut up

moorewasthebestbond's picture

I don't believe nuke bombs actually go bang. I mean slow-burn nuclear power works, but I have serious doubts about the bombs.


Supposedly there were two dropped on Japan and the trolley service was back up and running 3 days later in Hiroshima... and afterward there hasn't been a single nuke used in warfare or terrorism for 72 years. That alone smells like BULLSHIT.


Either they don't go bang at all, or the yields are just a small fraction of what is claimed.

I Write Code's picture

SLBMs are so last-millennium, let's see them land one on a barge.

Phillyguy's picture

Things r not always as they seem. See- 

Why North Korea Needs Nukes - And How To End That


1.21 jigawatts's picture

Hey only gets one shot so he should be aiming at America's brain aka Tel Aviv.

CRM114's picture

That's where one of the Saudi sites points at (the other is Tehran).

bogbeagle's picture

What makes you think  that he only gets one shot?

Peruserdude's picture

I expect nothing to come of this cockfight, the chubby gladiators haven't seen their dicks in a long time.

silverer's picture

It would be a hoot if sometime back Russia sold North Korea a couple hundred S-300's.

Silver Savior's picture

*Yawn* Let's set up some plastic armymen and JI Joe figures. Who wants to be North Korea?

aloha_snakbar's picture

North Korea is not a problem, Trump. Things that ARE problems?

--ObortionCare not repealed

--The swamp not only not drained, but getting topped off

--No border wall

--Endless, eternal war

--Giving your relatives security clearances and jobs


I read earlier that Trump is already collecting dollars for re-election. If he does not get his mind right and make good on campaign promises, all the money in the world will not buy him four more years...

CRM114's picture

Well, at least they bothered with security clearances for nepotistic appointments, which is better than Hillary ;)

mary mary's picture

There are 2 major problems today.  These 2 dwarf all others combined.

1. Central bankers, who now rule most of the world, and rule it with iron, though mostly hidden, fists.

2. Severe global OVERPOPULATION, and the inevitable resulting unemployment, poverty, misery, depression, crime, war, mass migration, and terrorism.

In.Sip.ient's picture

In the end, nothing will happen.




Because China has 24 "carrier killer" missiles

aimed at that ONE carrier task force 300 miles from NK.


Russia has their SA300/400  AA & ABM batteries

on the Russia/NK border... essentially a no fly zone

( no ICBM either ) has been created over NK.


Keep in mind, if China "tests" their missiles on

that CVN, the US$ reserve currency status ENDS

that minute.  DC is not making much noise...

or doing much... and they better keep it that way.


Let's see if reserve currency status means anything to

anyone in DC.


Deep Snorkeler's picture

American Taxpayers

You are all Victims,

Of Big Daddy Capitalism.

I am an Anarcho-Capitalist,

You are grains of sand on my Beach.

Revel in the Surf.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

If an oriental is talking about it; it is pure bullshit.

Orientals who can do, don't talk, they act.

jughead's picture

because of course toys on trailers are actual working weapons systems...really, trust us!

The government/media bum rush to war continues, just like in 2002-2003.  And the scared sheeple will fall for it once again.  


Able Ape's picture

See how easy it is?  NO war; the world enjoys a NICE weekend.  Let's keep this up...

roadhazard's picture

Lets all feel sorry for the fat kid.

mary mary's picture

I wish Kim would wear a purple tie.  Just every time Hillary gets on TV.  He did outlast her....

mary mary's picture

How many countries is North Korea bombing back to the Stone Age?