North Korea shows off new submarine missiles

A deliberate show of military might from North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un.

The country held an extravagant parade on Thursday (January 14) and included the showcasing of what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile.

It caps off more than a week of political meetings, with Kim waving from a balcony at cheering crowds below.

The parade featured rows of marching soldiers, as well as a range of military hardware including tanks and rocket launchers.

At the end, a number of what analysts said appeared to be a range of new short-range ballistic missiles, including the submarine versions, rolled into the square on trucks.

Experts say North Korea is seeking to develop an operational submarine to carry the missiles.

It has not tested a nuclear bomb or fired its longest-range missiles since 2017, but Kim has signalled that period now may now be at an end, since dialogue with the U.S. and its outgoing President, Donald Trump had stalled.

North Korean officials have been meeting in Pyongyang for the first party congress in five years and rounded off proceedings with a large-scale group photo that included Kim and several thousand members of congress.

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- A deliberate show of military might from North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un. The country held an extravagant parade on Thursday and included the showcasing of what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. It caps off more than a week of political meetings, with Kim waving from a balcony at cheering crowds below.

The parade featured rows of marching soldiers, as well as a range of military hardware, including tanks and rocket launchers. At the end, a number of what analysts said appeared to be a range of new short-range ballistic missiles, including the submarine versions, rolled into the square on trucks.

Experts say North Korea is seeking to develop an operational submarine to carry the missiles. It hasn't tested a nuclear bomb or fired its longest range missile since 2017. But Kim has signaled that that period may now be at an end, since dialogue with the US and its outgoing President, Donald Trump, has stalled. North Korean officials have been meeting in Pyongyang for the first party conference in five years, and rounded off proceedings with a large-scale group photo that included Kim and several thousand members of Congress.