CBRN Assessment

Failed North Korean missile launch indicative of rising interstate war risks on Korean peninsula

20 April 2017


On 15 April, the North Korean government held a military parade featuring a large number of missile weapons systems to celebrate the 105th anniversary of founder Kim Il-sung's birth.

One of the main features of this year's parade was the unprecedented range of new missile types on display, including the recently tested Pukkuksong-2, a scud-type weapon with an apparent manoeuvrable warhead, and two canisterised missile systems, possibly related to inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). On the same day, the North Korean military launched a ballistic missile test near its submarine base in Sinpo, but the missile detonated shortly after lift-off.

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