Just before U.S. election, North Korea debuts new, super-size ICBM in military parade

Just before U.S. election, North Korea debuts new, super-size ICBM in military parade
Kim's Pride. File. (Image: Screen grab of RT video, YouTube)

[Ed. – The MIRV technology North Korea would be using is 50 years old, so its impact shouldn’t be exaggerated.  Numbers (of reentry vehicles), not evasion capability, are what make it “more difficult” to intercept.  In any case, this is exactly what we should expect just before the U.S. election. If Trump isn’t reelected, that’s what will signal Pyongyang to forge ahead with testing the big missile.  They know Biden/Harris are pushovers and will be in China’s pocket anyway.  China, in fact, will goad North Korea to test their missile.  China undoubtedly helped North Korea to bring the missile out at just this time, in order to have a psychological impact on the U.S. election.  If you want things to get worse, not better, in the Far East, vote for Biden-Harris.]

North Korea unveiled previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles at an unprecedented predawn military parade on Saturday that showcased the country’s long-range weapons for the first time in two years.

Analysts said the missile, which was shown on a transporter vehicle with 11 axles, would be one of the largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the world if it becomes operational. …

Experts said that the new, larger ICBM is likely designed to carry multiple independent reentry vehicles (MIRVs), allowing it to attack more targets and making interception more difficult.

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Michael Elleman, director for Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, estimated on Twitter that the new large missile could potentially deliver 2,000-3,500 kg “to any point on CONUS,” making it more capable than Soviet R-16 or R-26 ICBMs that were never deployed.

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