North Korea has presented a mysterious missile during its military parade, filled with intercontinental ballistic missiles and thousands of marching soldiers.

While many flocked to examine Pyongyang’s Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles, what seemed to pass underneath the noses of many was a mysterious new missile. Unlike the Hwasong design, the newcomer is much, much smaller.

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The new missile looked like “a copy of the Russian 9K720 Iskander”. A military expert at the Royal United Services Institute, also pointed out that the low-key projectile bore a striking similarity to the Iskander missile.

Military vehicles are seen at a grand military parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 9, 2018.

But not everyone is on the same page. Mike Ellen, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, noted that it was “inconsistent with Iskander” and that it was likely just a copy of South Korea’s Hyunmoo-2 missile system.

Whether or not the missile was designed after Russian or South Korean models, experts say the appearance of the new missiles will be taken up by the USA as evidence of the need to continue to push North Korea to denuclearize.

Sputnik / AA Magnum Analyst Blog News 2018.

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