North Korea has unveiled its new submarine-launched ballistic missiles at a military parade overseen by Kim Jong Un days ahead of Biden’s inauguration. Besides, the country’s state-owned media described it as the world’s most powerful weapon system.
The development comes days after the country’s ruling Workers party held a rare congress session to set new economic and military goals for North Korea. Images published by the Pyongyang-controlled media showed big black and white missiles being driven past a flag-waving audience.
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Political experts suggest that this was an unseen weapon. In Thursday’s military parade at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, they did not showcase their most advanced Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBMs), which were unveiled earlier in October. Interestingly, the colossal weapon shocked the experts when it was put to show as it can carry a nuclear warhead anywhere in America.
While addressing the party congress last week, Kim vowed to expand the nation’s military potential and nuclear weapons, especially long-range ballistic missiles. Additionally, he stated that Washington was North Korea’s biggest obstacle for the country’s revolution in military expansion. Kim further added that regardless of who rules the White House, the American policies toward the Korean state would remain the same.
Since Kim assumed power, North Korea has rapidly expanded its weapons arsenal, arguing that it is much needed to foil any US invasion plans. But experts have maintained that these statements and the military exhibitions aim to send President-elect Biden a message of its growing power.
Over the last few years, Washington’s relations with Pyongyang remained erratic under the Trump administration. Before 2018’s unprecedented one-to-one meeting in Singapore, Kim and Trump engaged in personal insults as well as threats of war. Unfortunately, the summit failed to make any progress on Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. And in 2019, the second round of talks in Hanoi also broke down after Washington refused to provide the Korean nation with sanctions relief.
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