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North Korean Missiles Featured In Parade A Fake? (Photo)

| by Denise Recalde

Rumors are flying that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un disguised empty, painted boxes as weapons of mass destruction during a recent military parade in Pyongyang. 

North Korea showcased the new weapons in a bid to openly display the country's military might as it celebrated the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder, Kim Il-Sung, the Daily Mail reports. 

But observers question the legitimacy of the missiles, with some indicating that one rocket in question appears to be poorly made or broken with its nose pointing skyward. 

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One Twitter user wrote: "Does North Korea think they are fooling anyone with all those fake missiles on parade?"

Another chipped in with a comment: "I can't speak 2 the skills of #NorthKorea weapon engineers, but looking at those fake missiles their papier-mache experts are off the chain."

North Korean officials, however, claim the missiles can travel thousands of miles. Such displays of force, whether real or not, garnered a tweeted comment by President Donald Trump on April 11, who stated that the United States would take care of North Korea, which is "looking for trouble," if China did not "solve the problem," the Los Angeles Times reported. 

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in South Korea, his first stop on a 10-day trip to Asia, as Pyongyang and Washington leaders traded barbs in recent days. 

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Foreign journalists reporting on The Day of Sun celebrations in North Korea were heavily kept in check by the state, with their reports controlled by the state.

Military and government guards were assigned to each journalist, which means control of the media came from the upper levels of government. 

The BBC's John Sudworth spoke on camera in front of a parade procession of missile-carrying vehicles. One of the trucks was carrying a missile, the nose of which was pointing to the sky at an awkward angle. 

No missiles were launched by North Korea on the anniversary day, despite some media speculation that the country would, but a wide variety of missiles were displayed in the military parade. 

Some observers focused on a new kind of short-range cruise missile that was shown in the parade, which may be for defending the shoreline. 

Among the arsenal displayed was a submarine-launched ballistic missile and a similar missile that is launched from a land base. Both reportedly function on solid fuel and are difficult to find and destroy after they've been fired. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Pixabay, BBC News via Daily Mail 

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