N.Korea Showcases New ICBM, Warns Of "Nuke For Nuke, Confrontation For Confrontation"

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Feb 10, 2023 - 03:00 AM

North Korea held a rare nighttime large parade through the capital Wednesday evening, featuring what many observers believe to be a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)

It was also a rarity to see leader Kim Jong Un with wife and young daughter by his side presiding over the parade, which marked the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea’s army. State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) touted Pyongyang's ability to stand against enemies "nuke for nuke, confrontation for confrontation!" - according to an official statement.

AFP/Getty Images: Kim Jong Un and his daughter presumed to be named Ju Ae, attending a military parade in Pyongyang in images released Thursday.

Additionally, KCNA cited that a variety of nuclear-capable weapons were being showcased which will assist the country in bolstering the north's “power-to-power, all-out confrontation” against enemies.

Further international news monitors counted at least 11 Hwasong-17 ICBMs, which is believed to be a record number ever shown at once, given that the prior highest was four Hwasong-17s being paraded at once, in 2020.

Also interesting was the pendant around Ri Sol Ju’s neck, the wife of the North Korean leader. The Telegraph describes

Kim Jong-un’s wife has been spotted wearing a pendant in the shape of North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile ahead of a military parade to flaunt the pariah regime’s nuclear firepower. 

The silver pendant was a centerpiece of Ri Sol Ju’s accessories on Tuesday night as she smiled serenely at a banquet table while flanked by decorated military chiefs. It appeared to mirror the Hwasong-17 ICBM, which was test-launched last year, and which could be capable of striking the United States

Via The Telegraph/NK media: The necklace appears to be a replica of the missile.

As for the new ICBM, the Associated Press observes that "It was not immediately clear whether the missile was a mockup or an actual rocket."

The report cites Kim Dong-yub, a professor at Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies, who said the missile was "likely a version of a solid-fuel ICBM the North has been trying to develop for years."

And professor Dong-yub added that "the unprecedented number of Hwasong-17s paraded in Wednesday’s event suggests progress in efforts to mass produce those weapons."