At least 6 of the ominous missiles displayed in the lavish 100th Anniversary military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea were clumsy fakes. They fronted a combination of liquid-fueled and solid-fuel parts that would never fly together within the same unit. Even the missile casings leave an impression that the metal is too thin to withstand any flight stress. Each rocket was slightly different from the others, even though they were supposed to be the same make. The missiles did not even fit the mobile rocket launchers which carried them.
“There is no doubt that these missiles were mock-ups,” Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker agreed, from Germany’s Schmucker Technology. “It remains unknown if they were designed this way to confuse foreign analysts, or if the designers simply did some sloppy work.” Schiller and Schmucker, advise NATO on missile issues. They argue these new mock-ups prove North Korea is a long way from having a credible ICBM and referred to the parade as a “dog and pony show.”
North Korea often blows their military capabilities out of proportion. They also claimed they had weapons capable of destroying the United States in a single blow and promised to reduce Seoul, South Korea to ashes in minutes.
Theodore Postol, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said, “I believe that these missiles are not only mock-ups, but they are very unlikely to be actual mock-ups of any missiles in design.” And he added, “Fabricating a missile like the KN-08 would require a gigantic indigenous technical effort. … The only way North Korea could develop such a missile with its pitiful economy would be if someone gave it to them.”
The 16-wheel mobile launchers that carried the missiles during the big military parade might have been built in China. If indeed, China is supplying missile technology to North Korea, they have violated U.N. sanctions.
It would seem that North Korea’s goal was to project an image of power to the world. Instead, they bring more disgrace upon themselves.