Leader Kim Jong Un didn’t mention Washington in a half-hour speech before the weapons began to roll out during the parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the communist state’s ruling Workers’ Party.
Kim has expressed frustration over the deadlock, announcing in December that his regime was lifting a self-imposed suspension on nuclear and long-range missile tests and would soon unveil a “new strategic weapon.”
Jenny Town, a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Stimson Center, said the new ICBM was obviously that weapon.
The next step would be to test it, but Town said that was not likely until early next year since the North Koreans will want to pressure a reelected Trump administration to return to negotiations or test Joe Biden if he wins.
“They’ll wait and see what the messaging is like in those first couple of months and then decide what’s in their best interest,” she said in a telephone interview. (end of excerpt)
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Dropping some high resolution shots of the Pukguksong-4. pic.twitter.com/pbFCeyPzOl— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 12, 2020
20 years ago I would have expected the world to be more sci-fi than it is today...— Patarames (@Pataramesh) October 10, 2020
But certainly the last night North Korean parade is fully living up to those naive expectations and even beyond!
1984 Kim Jong-Un certainly grew up with Command and Conquer I guess. pic.twitter.com/msURi3BLx2
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addressed what experts see as ambivalent messages to his people, the South and the United States in a rare late-night military parade on the 75th founding anniversary of the North's ruling Workers' Party, Saturday.https://t.co/DWX6QSIT90 pic.twitter.com/qzqoUDk4nL— The Korea Times (@koreatimescokr) October 11, 2020
Pages 8, 9 and 10 of North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun today:— NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) October 10, 2020
Pictures speak for themselves pic.twitter.com/SYYp3xCTL8