As tensions with North Korea mount, Kim Jong Un has managed to further prove how laughable their threats are over the weekend. If the U.S. shows any sign of “reckless military aggression,” North Korea’s vice foreign minister told the Associated Press on Friday, Pyongyang is ready to launch a preemptive strike of its own.
And what a strike they proved themselves capable of launching! On Sunday morning the communist state launched an unidentified missile from their east coast – which blew up almost immediately. The launch failure comes just a day after North Korea held a military parade celebrating the 105th birthday of their late founder Kim Il Sung, in which they brandished what looked like long-range and submarine-based missiles.
Some theories being floated around the internet suggest U.S. hackers are responsible for North Korea’s embarrassing missile failure, but it’s doubtful hackers would even be needed considering the quality of their weapons.
North Korea unveiled new weapons during a display of the country’s military might in the country’s capital Pyongyang to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of the nation’s founder Kim Il-Sung.
But people have started questioning the validity of the rockets, including one which appears either broken or very badly made with its nose pointing skyward.
One Twitter user said: ‘Does North Korea think they are fooling anyone with all those fake missiles on parade?’
Another poked fun at the nation’s military saying the missiles looked like they had been made from papier-mâché.
Nevertheless, the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which Pyongyang claim could travel thousands of miles, have increased concerns that the secretive state is preparing for a possible attack on Washington after they were paraded during the country’s Day of the Sun celebrations. A journalist at the scene from North Korea News reported seeing one group of missiles “wobbling quote noticeably.”
Lee ll-Woo of the Korea Defense Network concurred that many of the weapons were likely fake, and that he “suspect[s] they all might be mock-ups aimed to impress the outside world.”
Are they bringing papier-mâché to a missile-fight? We probably won’t find out because they can’t even get their “missiles” off the ground in the first place.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]