PA­RADE SHOWS CHI­NESE LAUNCH­ERS

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North Korea’s large mil­i­tary pa­rade in Py­ongyang on Satur­day high­lighted sev­eral new mis­sile de­vel­op­ments.

Rick Fisher, a se­nior fel­low at the In­ter­na­tional As­sess­ment and Strat­egy Cen­ter, says photo anal­y­sis of the pa­rade showed off what ap­pear to be two new long-range solid-fuel mis­siles on Chi­nese or Chi­nese-design launch­ers.

One of the mis­siles is a medium-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile sim­i­lar in size to the Chi­nese DF-21 — the weapon Beijing has fash­ioned into a long-range anti-ship mis­sile.

“While the im­ages do not con­firm over­all Chi­nese as­sis­tance for this new North Korean mis­sile, the truck cab tow­ing the mis­sile is clearly based on the Chi­nese-made Sinotruk A7 trac­tor-trailer truck cab design,” said Mr. Fisher.

The sec­ond mis­sile shown in Py­ongyang last week was con­tained in a much larger tube car­ried on a 16-wheel mo­bile launcher made by the

San­jiang Spe­cial Truck Corp., part of China Aero­space Sci­ence and In­dus­try Corp. (CASIC).

“The size of this new large mis­sile launch tube in­di­cates North Korea may be de­vel­op­ing a new solid-fuel mis­sile larger than the liq­uid-fu­eled KN-08 and KN-14 re­vealed in 2012 and 2014,” Mr. Fisher said.

If the Chi­nese launch­ers were not trans­ferred di­rectly by Beijing, they may be built in­dige­nously through a China-North Korea joint ven­ture, he said.

Fur­ther ev­i­dence of China-North Korean mis­sile co­op­er­a­tion means “it would be very dan­ger­ous to as­sume that China has in­deed changed its long­stand­ing poli­cies of sup­port­ing the North Korean regime,” Mr. Fisher said.

“Wash­ing­ton should de­mand that China im­me­di­ately re­veal publicly the full ex­tent of its di­rect and in­di­rect sup­port for a num­ber of new North Korean weapons, to in­clude the new solid­fuel ICBM, the KN-08/14 liq­uid-fu­eled ICBM, the KN-06 fourth-gen­er­a­tion anti-air­craft mis­sile and the new pre­ci­sion guided ar­tillery rocket,” he said.

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