President Donald Trump has reportedly expressed his fury over what appear to be sophisticated new missiles unveiled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a military parade on Saturday.
'Trump is really angry about [North Korea's] missile parade' and is 'really disappointed' in Kim after fruitless peace talks, an unnamed source told Vox national security reporter
Source familiar tells me “Trump is really angry about [North Korea’s] missile parade,” where new ICBM, domestically made truck launchers, etc unveiled.— Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox) October 10, 2020
Adds Trump is “really disappointed” in Kim Jong Un and has expressed that disappointment to multiple White House officials.
Among the new military hardware displayed at a parade in Pyongyang marking the Communist regime's 75th anniversary were what appeared to be a massive new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
Visual analysis of the new ICBM shows it is larger than the Hwasong-15, which was previously North Korea's most advanced ICBM and is capable of striking anywhere in the continental U.S.
Visual analysis of the new ICBM (above) shows it is larger than the Hwasong-15, which was previously North Korea's most advanced ICBM
Analysts said: 'we estimate the new missile (above) could, in principle, deliver 2,000-3,500 kg of payload to any point in the continental United States—much greater than the Hwasong-15's assessed to the same range.'
'The new ICBM, presumably a Hwasong-16, appears to be approximately 25-26 m long and 2.5-2.9 m in diameter—about 4-4.5 m longer and about 0.5 m larger in diameter than the North's Hwasong-15 ICBM flight tested once in November 2017,' wrote analysts for the Henry L. Stimson Center.
They added: 'we estimate the new missile could, in principle, deliver 2,000-3,500 kg of payload to any point in the continental United States—much greater than the Hwasong-15's assessed to the same range.'
'Indeed, the new missile has been correctly characterized as the world's largest mobile ICBM—in part because countries with ICBMs generally seek to make their road-mobile ICBMs smaller so they can be more mobile and concealable,' the analysts wrote.
They theorized that North Korea may be working toward developing multiple independently-targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV), technology that allows for multiple nuclear strikes with a single missile.
The Hwasong-15 (above) was previously North Korea's most advanced ICBM and is capable of striking anywhere in the continental U.S.
However, Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project with the American Federation of Scientists, theorized that the missile may be larger to account for the North's larger warheads.
'I would caution on speculations about MIRV. More likely about large size of possible thermonuclear warhead,' he tweeted.
'This missile is a monster,' said Melissa Hanham, deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network.
New sub-launched missile appears to use advanced casing technology
Analysts say the new 'Pukguksong-4' SLBM is likely designed for greater range and payload.
'At least portions of the missile's motor case appear to be filament-wound, a technology the North Koreans previously have suggested they possess,' the Stimpson Center analysts wrote.
'If the entire motor case were so constructed, that would reduce the missile's structure weight and allow greater range/payload capability.'
Analysts say the new 'Pukguksong-4' SLBM is likely designed for greater range and payload
The North's new sub-launched solid fuel rocket is seen during Saturday's military parade
'If the new SLBM is intended to be deployed, it may be intended for the new conventionally powered ballistic missile submarine that North Korea hinted at building in July 2019,' they added.
The new submarine-launched missile's range is unknown, but it is not thought to be capable of striking American territory unless the sub strayed far outside of North Korean waters.
'We presume the Pukguksong-4 will not have sufficient range to strike Guam, Hawaii or