North Korea’s latest parade shows that Kim is deadset on boosting weapons
Pyongyang rolled out two new ballistic missiles in Jan. 2021, signaling a possible return to testing
At first glance, North Korea’s military parade last Thursday appeared to be old news, with previously seen small arms and weapons systems rolling through Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square. But there are two notable exceptions to that trend: a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called the Pukguksong-5 and a new solid fuel short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).
While information on the new SLBM and SRBM systems is limited, they represent North Korea’s goal of developing solid-propellant, nuclear-capable missiles and possibly even constitute part of the country’s tactical nuclear weapons development.
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