The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday, January 8, 2020, that the military parade held at the end of the party’s eighth historic Congress presented a new advanced weapons system including two missiles that had never been presented.
The new weapons systems
The first and foremost weapon system reported by the KCNA is a submarine-launched ballistic missile – “the most powerful weapon in the world”. If this is the case, North Korea acquires the incredibly important strategic ability to launch a ballistic missile (carrying a nuclear warhead) from anywhere on the planet, without detection, providing it with a major effective nuclear deterrent for decades.
The question is that North Korea has not conducted a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) test since 2019. On the other hand, South Korea’s Seoul-based Yophap news agency said the South Korean military issued a simple statement saying they were analyzing the military items seen at the parade.
But based on the information provided in November by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service to South Korean lawmakers, North Korea’s attack submarines are diesel-powered and electric-powered Project633 of the former USSR, (twenty in number) but can hit ships, but not launch ballistic missiles.
The second weapon system presented by North Korea was a short-range missile. It is obviously also part of the variety of many short-range missiles launched by North Korea in recent years, which are regularly tested over the Sea of Japan and North and South Korea, respectively.
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