North Korea unveils new submarine-launched missile - "the world's most powerful weapon"? (Photos)

Friday, 15 January 2021 - 21:47

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North Korea has unveiled a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile, described by state media as "the world's most powerful weapon".

Several of the missiles were displayed at a parade overseen by leader Kim Jong-un, according to foreign media reports.

Nuclear-armed North Korea unveiled a new submarine-launched ballistic missile at a military parade in Pyongyang, state media reported Friday, in a show of strength days before Joe Biden's inauguration as US president.

State media said Kim Jong Un took centre stage after the five-yearly congress of the ruling Workers' Party, at which the North Korean leader decried the US as his country's 'foremost principal enemy'.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released photos of Kim wearing a black fur hat and leather trench coat, smiling widely and gesturing from a podium as thousands of troops and civilian spectators filled Kim Il Sung Square, named after his grandfather and North Korea's founder.

The display also included infantry troops, artillery, tanks, and a flypast with aircraft forming the number '8' to commemorate the congress, it said.

Thursday's event did not showcase North Korea's largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which are believed to be able to deliver a nuclear warhead to anywhere in the US.

During the eight-day Workers' Party congress, Kim vowed to bolster his nuclear and missile programme in a bid to send the incoming Biden administration a message of strength in a bid to extract concessions.

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