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(2nd LD) N. Korea unveils new ICBM at military parade

2017/04/15 12:46

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with ICBM, S. Korean military's response, other details; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Saturday unveiled what appears to be its new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), staging a large-scale military parade in Pyongyang amid increased military tensions on the peninsula.

A huge truck carrying the missile-shaped objective rolled through the main square of the capital in front of leader Kim Jong-un and other top officials of the communist regime, showed TV footage.

South Korean military officials said they regard it as a new type of ICBM.

"It's presumed to be a new ICBM. It seems longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 ICBMs, an official said.

The North also showed off various other ballistic missiles including what it claims to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

North Korea shows its Pukguksong submarine-launched ballistic missile during a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017, in a photo from North Korean TV footage. (Yonhap) [For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution] North Korea shows its Pukguksong submarine-launched ballistic missile during a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017, in a photo from North Korean TV footage. (Yonhap) [For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution]

It marks the first time that the secretive communist nation has unveiled the new weapon apparently in development at such a public event.

A new intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), which Pyongyang calls the Pukguksong-2, also appeared in the parade to commemorate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, the North's late founding leader and grandfather of Kim Jong-un.

The model, also known as a KN-15 missile, is an upgraded version of an SLBM.

In February, the North test-fired a Pukguksong-2 missile, which flew more than 500km into eastern waters, followed by Pyongyang's announcement that the launch was a "complete success."

   lcd@yna.co.kr

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