New North Korean missile or parade float?
File photo from a 2010 North Korean parade
April 3rd, 2012
04:04 PM ET

New North Korean missile or parade float?

By Adam Levine

North Korea is building a long-range missile to launch later this month, according to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, but American officials and experts who spoke to Security Clearance questioned whether it is anything more than a parade mock-up.

The report cites American and South Korean officials who say the missile is likely to be unveiled at the April 15 parade to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, who founded communist North Korea.

The 40-meter missile supposedly has a bigger booster and could give it the capability of reaching the United States, according to the report.

It is longer than the expected 32-meter rocket the regime is expected to use for its satellite launch between April 12 and 16.

A senior U.S. official told CNN's Elise Labott that the missile is believed to be a modified Taepodong-2, but it could just be a mock-up.

"The DPRK leadership excels in the field of pathological prevarication," the official said, using the shorthand for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

A Pentagon spokesman refused to discuss the U.S. assessment of the longest range of North Korean missiles. The United States is "monitoring all of this very closely," spokesman George Little said.

Weapons expert Charles Vick of told CNN's Larry Shaughnessy that he believes this is likely a ground test platform and not capable of actually flying.

But Vick noted the tower assembled at the new launch site is taller than the Teapodong-2 rocket, so one day it may be able to launch a taller rocket.

Another weapons analyst said North Korea is known putting mock-ups out for "the U.S. satellites to see." In the past, the regime has built a missile body to display before the actual missile has been built, according to David Wright of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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  15. TWilliams

    Having a hard time getting worked up over a North Korean Missile. Especially one based on the Taepodong-2, which they've managed to launch -3- times since it was introduced in 1998. Oh, and did I mention that every one of those launches resulted in the missile exploding? Like, within seconds of liftoff?

    Yeeeeah... theoretically can reach the United States. Realistically it might go a couple hundred miles as a piece of flaming wreckage.

    October 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  16. katniss

    if that thing will land on my country..and harm my countrymen...i will kill every single north korean's that i will meet...\m/

    April 8, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
  17. katniss

    if that thing will land in my country and harm my countrymen....i will kill every north koreans that i will meet along the way!!! \m/

    April 8, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
  18. Feltch

    I hope they're real. I hope they fucking use them. Fuck you all.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
    • JPS

      Having a bad day?

      April 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  19. taylor

    I wouldn't take either because they could put something in it and when they take it they will push a button and they're explode.Or they might put weapons in the float and make them explode

    April 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  20. WTF

    Don't these third world country's realize that if they use nuclear weapons even they will suffer from the side effects ? If we can have them why can't others ?

    April 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • mike7

      Some countries and people are so sad, poor, hungry with nothing to offer the world. Many of these type people don't care if the world is destroyed. This is why we try to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of these people. They are just too irresponsible.

      October 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  21. Gary

    Could probably tell if it was real by how low the vehicle carrying it is sitting compared to when it is empty

    April 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      If the vehicle's springs are sagging, it may just be that Kim Jong Un is a passenger.

      April 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  22. JDavis

    How many billions do we pay the CIA and they can't tell a float from a rocket?

    April 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Oh, THEY know. they just won't tell us.

      October 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  23. jimdog33

    If it's paper mache, hopefully it rains during the parade and all their supposed ICBMs fall apart driving past Lil' Kim.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  24. hecep

    I don't think this is a parade float. If it was, the 600 foot diameter ballon depiction of Kim Jong Ill's head would have shown up also.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  25. palintwit

    Wouldn't it be absolutely hilarious if Sarah Palin got her head caught in a bread slicing machine?

    April 4, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply

      FU DB.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      Was it hilarious when you did?

      April 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • freeme10

      If she did, she could put it on her list of accomplishments – right next to....... I can't think of anything.

      April 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
      • WTF

        She is doing more than your beloved O'bama...I think he set the record for the most spent on lavish vacations .

        April 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
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        WTF. What you think and what actually is are two different things. Palin took a "vacation" from office while barely into her term. Talk about running away from the job!

        April 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
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      I don't think it would be funny. Why don't you stick to the topic and get your mind off Sarah. I know it's hard for a wandering mind if you have one?????

      April 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • Really?!

      If i was palin, I would come over to your home and stick your @## in a bread slicing machine and see how you like it. But, since im not a murderer, i won't

      April 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  26. total non sense

    time for a pre-emptive strike. Destroy all military.nuke/goverment builtding. a few well placed nuke will do the trick and send back NK where it belong: the stone age. you cannot let a country rulled by crappots have nukes period. and this include very single muslim nation arround the world. it;s time to take out the trash. NK whould be a good start.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • Simon

      yeah that makes us look friendly

      April 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • Anon

        Someone forgot to read the username.

        April 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  27. mattski

    In other words, they're pathological liars.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
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    April 4, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
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      If the blue dress don't fit, you must acquit

      April 4, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  29. ironworker89

    who the heck has helium? I thought we had a shortage.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  30. Robert In New Orleans

    The bigger the missile, the smaller the winky.
    Translation DRoK leaders have tiny junk.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • duckforcover

      I thought that saying was about guys with red corvettes. Both make sense.

      April 4, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
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      North Korean missile or phallic red sports car...either way, it's a Type O' Dong.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • scott

      The US made the Saturn V...

      April 4, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
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    Never under estimate your enemy, it is the biggest mistake people and nations can make.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • Simon

      whether or not we overestimate or underestimate the north Koreans we should always remember their government is run by a bunch of retards

      April 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
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    Wow, looks like my dog's wang. My dog is fixed. Chances are they both work as well as the other.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
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    Looks like giant baby bottles for their big, bouncy, baby leader!

    April 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
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    Shiny truck, questionable expensive missile, goose-stepping troops, starving people. If they use the missile, they lose the shiny truck, the big government buildings behind the truck and the goose-stepping troops, but the people still starve.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
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    erap, stfu moron

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    sadam insane , momar gone daffy , basher assad , and now kim ju is ill .

    April 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
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    these comments are just fucking great.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • i am sam

      Israel is a proven terrorist state, that has carried out aggressive actions against their own allies, not to mention innocent civillians.

      White phosphorous...

      Bomblets in lebannon..

      And AIPACS enourmous influence in American politics.

      That is the face of true terrorism.

      April 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
      • Sheepleherder

        Not to mention they keep launching hundreds of missiles, at civilians, practically every day ... wait, lets not mention that.

        April 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
      • mike

        are you a arab because you sound like one, and do you have a job, because you dont sound like one. last is there any inbreeding in your family...prob yes.

        April 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
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        I'm from Minnesota hahaha and I still hate Israel..

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        you forgot the attack on the "USS Liberty"

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        April 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  38. atra

    Young padawan, but you still have much to learn.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  39. i am sam

    [QUOTE who="Faith"]Because Israel is a responsible and rational nation and Iran is a terroristic, crackpot theocracy. [/QUOTE]

    Israel is a proven terrorist state, that has carried out aggressive actions against their own allies, not to mention innocent civillians.

    White phosphorous...

    Bomblets in lebannon..

    And AIPACS enourmous influence in American politics.

    That is the face of true terrorism.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • Sheepleherder

      The "true face" of terrorism is hidden behind a mask, worn by an animal slitting the throat of an innocent civilian.

      April 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • max1776

      Jews have been persecuted and killed for being Jews for thousands of years. Most recently millions were exterminated in WW2. In 1948 The Nation of Israel was born taking in the disposessed still left alive in Europe. Zionism was born. Now the Jews scatterd all over the world had a place to call home. The place most recognized with Jews. Judea, Nazareth, Galilee, Bethlahem, Jerusalem. Thier country the size of New Jersey. "the land of milk and honey" surrounded by militant muslims who are bent on distruction, death, Jihad against the "koffa" (ALL who do not believe or submit to Islam) Jews, Christians and athiests alike. So now they are backed into a corner, the threats have been made. Iran has said inside the UN no less "Iran will wipe Israel off the face of the map" My Question to all of you is. If Iran puts a nuke into Tel Aviv how long before we get our chance to experiance 10,000 degrees and WW3?

      April 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
      • Hasai

        The (doubtful) ability to deliver a tiny handful of crude, maybe-functional devices does not equal WW3.

        What it DOES equal is the effective mass-suicide of the nation stupid enough to use them.

        April 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
      • max1776

        Thank your for your comment Hasai. The spark for WW1 was the murder of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, (next in line for the throne) of Austria-Hungary. Which resulted in a flurry of war declarations as the dominos of pacts, promises, Treaties ("we've got your back") fell into place. Who has Israels back? (USA) Who has Irans back? (Russia) All I'm trying to say my friends is "Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it" It is a tinderbox. If a pistol could start WW1. I'm sure today all it would take is a bigger pistol. We (mankind) have moved much farther ahead tecnologically than we (mankind) have spiritually. Very Very dangerous!

        April 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

    hmm we are watching

    April 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  41. Erap

    That would be awesome if it can reach the US, finally someone that can shut up the US.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • Hello

      Wow spoken like a true rocket scientist-erap how much did a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? That question is equivalent to you're statement...

      April 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • Omg

      Omg...................I think we have a terrorist.

      April 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Sheepleherder

      The only way it could reach the US is if they filled it with helium and waited for the right winds to carry it across.

      April 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Does it float?

      April 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • Hasai

      Yes; it would be a fine thing for the US to fall silent, for that would mean that nation will have finally realized that dialog is worthless –particularly with idiots like YOU– and only action counts.

      An hour later, Pyongyang would be a crater filled with molten glass.

      April 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • DeathsChoice

      How would that shut up the US? The US will go to war over oil or randomly assigning "freedom" to other countries... do you really think a full on missle attack would cause silence? It basically gives the US a get out of trouble for free card on testing out all the cool new mass weapons that have been developed. Id just hope it would be around the 4th of July so that it can be labeled as the biggest fireworks display in recorded history.

      April 4, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
    • Jack Be Humble

      A pair of swallows could carry it, you know, on a string between their beaks.

      April 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply

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