At a recent parade, North Korea debuted new missiles it has developed to the joy of the crowd. Experts in the United States and other countries took the opportunity to get a good look at this so-called new technology. Most all of them have indicated that the missiles appear to be fake, and most even went on to say that they weren’t even good fakes. Anyone that knows their missiles could pick these out as dummies in seconds.
Since a rocket launch that was forbidden by the United Nations failed, some of North Korea’s most prolific military leaders have gone on a streak of making doomsday comments about what the North Korean military is capable of. For example, they recently broke into national television to inform citizens that they would soon be reducing South Korea to a pile of rubble. The Vice Marshal, Ri Yong Ho, also said that North Korea can defeat the United States with “a single blow.” So, it stands to reason that if North Korea is breaking out new weapons for everyone to see, experts are going to be analyzing everything to see if any of these claims bear any truth. The verdict is that North Korea may have the technological military options it claims, but there is no reason to think so because of these missiles.
The unveiling of the missiles was a reason for concern. After all, the idea that North Korea might have access to long-distance capable missiles has long been an international talking point. That, paired with the suspicion that the country continues to attempt to develop a nuclear weapon makes any announcement of new military technology notable. Experts say that not only are the missiles obviously fakes of more advanced technology they’ve seen from other countries, but they actually indicate that they are even farther from developing the technology than was previously thought.
There is a school of thought out there that North Korea is playing a masterful poker game here. Perhaps they want the United States and others to believe they don’t possess the technology. Wouldn’t it be better for them to have it and no one know about it? Another conspiracy theory that is going around hinges on the idea that the United States government wants to downplay their technology by releasing reports like the one stating that the missiles are most likely fake because they know that they do possess the capabilities they like to boast about. That theory goes a step farther, saying that North Korea’s failed rocket launch only “failed” because the United States shot down the rocket as soon as it left the ground. However, why would the military leaders of North Korea not be crying foul if that were the case? There is no evidence on the Internet that Koreans feel that the United States was behind the rocket launch failure. Then, the next logical question is does North Korea even have the technology to know that their rocket was shot down?
And, as with so many conspiracy theories, the conversation tends to go around in circles when we have an absence of factual evidence.