After the successful launch test of their first intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-14, North Korea held a series of celebrations to commemorate the work done by those involved in the project.
From a hero’s welcome in the capital to a feast which featured miniature models of their long range missile systems, the celebrations concluded in a concert attended by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
Half way through the concert, however, a series of images appeared showing scenes from North Korea’s missile program, some of which have never before been released to the outside world.
The images contained early scenes from North Korea’s missile program under Kim Il Sung, the country’s founder, until their most recent test on July 4.
Images appeared on missile systems that would leave a huge mark on the North’s missile program, failed tests, development facilities and even what may be our first glimpse of what North Korean missile storage looks like.
The pictures shown at the concert helped elaborate the information about the history of North Korea’s missile program.
They reveal with more detail the technological advancements which have allowed Pyongyang to develop a more diverse and sophisticated arsenal.
All these advances, however, seem directly tied to the Kim family.
In previous missile testings, the media will often show a mix of images with and without Kim Jong Un.
However in all 190 images released during the concert, a Kim is either included or that image is a combination of two scenes with a warhead and one of the three Kims, fueling the implication that the Kim family have been responsible for the program’s development and success.
It also proves how important this program is to Kim Jong Un. With his presence at tests and missile assemblies we had never seen before pictures, we can most likely expect that this program is not stopping anytime soon — and that we will probably be seeing more of these images in the near future.
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