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North Korea appears to unveil new missile

Military analysts say the new missile appears to be bigger and newer than the last

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Missiles are displayed during a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on Apr. 15, 2012. (PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea appears to have unveiled another missile at a military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of its first leader Kim Il Sung in the capital Pyongyang.

Associated Press says military analysts in Japan and South Korea believe the new missile appears to be bigger than the one used in last week's failed rocket launch, but it was unclear if it was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

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"It looked like more than a mock-up, and like it could be intended as an ICBM, but it is very hard to tell at this point," Isaku Okabe, a private Japanese military specialist, is quoted as saying.

Yesterday, South Korean television YTN had reported that North Korea was developing another long-range ballistic missile code-named KN-08.

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It prompted Japan to voice concerns about the developments, the Oman Tribune reports.

“We’d better keep in mind that they may conduct a nuclear test,” Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Shu Watanabe is quoted as saying by AFP.

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