By Michael Ardaiolo
In the same week that China joined the 15-member UN Security Council in condemning the failed launch of the North Korean rocket on Friday, a missile launcher possibly imported by China was paraded through the streets of Pyongyang.
On Sunday, North Korea celebrated the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung with an extensive military parade. Spotted in the line-up was a 16-wheeled transportation-erector-launcher that, according to Ted Parsons of HIS Jane’s Defense Weekly, is similar to a Chinese design.
The Chosunilbo of South Korea is also reporting that a Chinese company that specializes in this type of mobile launcher exported eight of them between 2010 and 2011. South Korean government sources speculated that the vehicle spotted on Sunday “was probably imported from China.”
If true, it may not weaken China’s claim that is has little influence over Pyongyang, but it will certainly call into question their true motivations.
In other missile news, India refuses to be left out of these ballistic games. They plan to test a long-range missile this week that could potentially reach targets in Northern China or Eastern Europe.