PUBLISHED: 00:20, Wed, Oct 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 00:20, Wed, Oct 21, 2020
Kim Jong-un unveiled North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads at a huge military parade earlier this month. Now an inside source has warned the country is looking to show off its missile capabilities with a series of tests beginning next year. It comes after reports suggested the North Korean ICBM’s are unable to reach the atmosphere.
A source close to North Korea’s military told Daily NK the country is looking to trial their new ICBM’s with an atmosphere re-entry test.
They said: “The authorities are preparing a test of the new ICBM for early next year.
“The timing for the test could, however, change at any time depending on decisions by the leadership.”
It is not confirmed whether the ICBM’s are able to reach the atmosphere, as North Korea has only conducted high-altitude tests so far.
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North Korea news: Kim Jong-un's government is overseeing tests for his new ICMB's next year (Image: PA)
North Korea news: A source told Daily NK the country is looking to shoot the ICBM's inot the atmosphere (Image: PA)
Bruce Klingner, North Korea specialist at the Heritage Foundation, also expects to see a ICBM test next year.
He added: “What I would expect is to see that ICBM tested next year.
“North Korea tends to…do something very provocative in the first year of a new US or South Korean administration.”
He added the country may watch the US election closely, and now “have a powerful way of signalling their dissatisfaction now by testing this missile”.
North Korea news: Authorities are also looking to increase the number of warheads in the ICBM's (Image: PA)
North Korea news: So far North Korea has only shot missiles into high-altitude (Image: EXPRESS)
But the Daily NK’s source