Speculation is circulating that Kim Jong-Un dressed up empty, painted boxes as deadly weapons of mass destruction as part of his military parade this weekend
The nose of the missile (circled) has been called into question with some saying the weapon is a fake
As a BBC journalist delivered a piece to camera, the procession of dodgy-looking missiles went by behind him
North Korea unveiled new weapons during a display of the country’s military might in the country’s capital Pyongyang to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of the nation’s founder Kim Il-Sung.
But people have started questioning the validity of the rockets, including one which appears either broken or very badly made with its nose pointing skyward, the Daily Mail reported.
One Twitter user said: ‘Does North Korea think they are fooling anyone with all those fake missiles on parade?’
Another poked fun at the nation’s military saying the missiles looked like they had been made from papier-mâché.
Nevertheless, the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which Pyongyang claim could travel thousands of miles, have increased concerns that the secretive state is preparing for a possible attack on Washington after they were paraded during the country’s Day of the Sun celebrations.
US Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia that comes amid the turmoil over North Korea’s threats to advance its growing nuclear and defence capabilities.
But a grandfather and war veteran believes all the fuss is over wooden boxes that have been painted over.
Foreign journalists covering the celebrations of The Day of Sun in North Korea were heavily guarded and their output was controlled by the state.
Each reporter was assigned a military or government guard, which meant the coverage was set up in a way Kim Jong-Un had signed off.
But as the BBC’s John Sudworth delivered his piece to camera, a procession of vehicles carrying missiles passed behind him.
On one of the trucks, a rocket appears with a nose piece that is pointing skywards, which led to speculation the weapon was a fake.
Though North Korea didn’t launch any missiles to mark the anniversary day, it did show them off in a military parade – and in a surprising number and variety.
Experts believe the arsenal displayed in Saturday’s parade included a new kind of short-range cruise missile, probably for shoreline defenses.
Korean People’s ballistic missiles being displayed through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung
North Korea unveiled its latest submarine-launched ballistic missile and a version of the same missile that can be launched from land-based launchers – both of which use solid fuel and present a far greater challenge to find and destroy before they’re fired off.
And it showed off canisters that seemed in line with what would be required for an intercontinental ballistic missile, which is Washington’s greatest concern.
But they also hide what’s inside, so more analysis and guesswork from the parade display and future test launches will be required before conclusions are made about where North Korea’s ICBM development really stands.