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World Official: Maybe Those North Korean Missiles Were Just Big Green Tubes

02:30  18 april  2017
02:30  18 april  2017 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Were they displaying real missiles or just big green tubes ?" One of those tubes was the size of an intercontinental ballistic missile , experts said. But it’s unclear whether it was an actual weapon.

Were they displaying real missiles or just big green tubes ?" One of those tubes was the size of an intercontinental ballistic missile , experts said. But it’s unclear whether it was an actual weapon.

In what military experts say appears to be a North Korean KN-08 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICMB) is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. © AP Photo/Wong Maye-E In what military experts say appears to be a North Korean KN-08 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICMB) is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

U.S. intelligence officials and private experts are trying to make sense of the missiles they saw displayed in Pyongyang Saturday during a parade to honor the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country’s founder.

The procession’s vast array of ballistic missiles included some models that hadn’t been seen in public before, U.S. intelligence officials said.

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Related: Maybe Those North Korean Missiles Were Just Big Green Tubes . Military officials have acknowledged that the technology is not where they would like it to be . One of the ways they would seek to improve their odds is to fire four or five interceptors at any one missile , under what is known

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"We are currently analyzing the equipment displayed at this year's parade," the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency said in a statement. "While some systems appear consistent with past public displays, others have not been previously observed."

 What isn’t clear is to what extent the new missiles are functional. In the past, North Korea has paraded fake missiles.

"I still don’t know what I saw," said Jeffrey Lewis, a North Korea specialist at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, in California, who said he recognized "things that are familiar that have been subtly redesigned — or in some cases, not so subtly."

Another U.S. intelligence official added, "Pyongyang’s elaborate parade of weaponry was likely intended to telegraph to the world and its own people that North Korea maintains a viable deterrent. Unfortunately, behind the goose-stepping soldiers, parade of missiles and belligerent bluster, lies a country that at its core is only held together by its sheer brutality. As with many things with North Korea, the task is to discern the fact from the fiction. Were they displaying real missiles or just big green tubes?"

One of those tubes was the size of an intercontinental ballistic missile, experts said. But it’s unclear whether it was an actual weapon. Nor is it clear that North Korea has the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on such a missile.

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South Korea was bracing for a possible show of strength from North Korea to mark the 85th anniversary of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday as tensions continued to rise in the region. The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported "speculation that (Pyongyang) may conduct its sixth nuclear test or launch a long-range missile." A spokesman for South Korea's unification ministry, however, said Monday that no alarming activity had been detected.

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