Despite a recent failed rocket launch officials in North Korea have made some pretty amazing claims, specifically that the new rockets they triumphantly paraded out in front of their citizens can destroy the United States in a single blow. Now analysts studying those new rockets say they would not only fail to destroy the United States, they appear to be completely fake.
Analysts studied the more than half-dozen rockets and what they found is that they aren’t even good fakes.
According to reports the weapons which rolled out on April 15 are nothing more than a mishmash of liquid-fuel and solid-fuel components that are incapable of reaching flight together. The missiles also appear to have been created out of metal that is too thin to withstand flight and each of the missiles are different in their make, despite Pyongyang’s claim that they are the same model.
Analysts also point out that the rockets don’t fit properly on the launchers they were being carried on.
It’s still unclear if the fake missiles were designed to confuse foreign interests or if they were another sign that North Korea has become lazy in its offensive pursuit of weapons.
North Korean weapons technology has long been a concern for world superpowers because the company appears bent on creating intercontinental ballistic missile technology (ICBM) alongside nuclear weapons tech.
In the meantime the country doesn’t appear anywhere near ready to launch successful ICBM’s, since 1998 the country has witnessed four failed attempts to launch a successful rocket, three of which officials in North Korea claimed were carrying satellite technology.
The biggest concern at the moment appears to be the 16-wheel mobile launchers that carried the missiles, analysts believe they were built using China’s own specifications which could signal that China violated U.N. sanctions by selling missile-related technology to Pyongyang.