|What experts say:
News, August 15, 2013
“A big hoax”: Experts say North Korea showing off missiles that can
Authors: Robert Windrem and M.L. Flynn
(Robert Windrem is a senior investigative producer for NBC News; M.L. Flynn
is senior producer of editorial strategy for NBC News. She traveled with NBC
News National and International Correspondent Ann Curry to Pyongyang last
NBC News asked U.S. government experts and independent military analysts,
in the U.S. and overseas, to examine high-resolution images of the Musudan
medium-range missile and the ICBM, known as the Hwasong-13, taken at the July
27 military parade.
The experts, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not discuss
the methods used to make their determination !
“My opinion is that it’s a big hoax” said Markus Schiller, an aerospace
engineer in Munich, to the intercontinental and medium-range missiles displayed
in the North Korean capital in April 2012 and again two weeks ago.
For example, he noted, there was no evidence on the rear of the Hwasong-13
of retro rockets necessary to separate the stages - critical if an ICBM is
to reach sub-orbital space and strike distant targets.
Schiller also said varied features on the rockets - such differing placement
of small guidance nozzles and hatches - are telling. They make him believe
that these are not even training "simulators" but "crude fakes."
A photo montage (right) from a July 26, 2013, military parade shows
a purported Hwasong-13, with the area where retro-rockets should be mounted
highlighted, along with close-ups showing that forward nozzles on the rocket
bodies of two individual missiles were placed in different positions.
The "retro-rockets" are not retro-rockets ! Why should be retro-rockets inside
attached. Therefore, it must have another function. Normally, two indentations
are side by side. On both images is mysteriously only one different of two
Nevertheless, there is no reason to dismiss the vehicle as a hoax. Such a
hassle for a fake? Never.
"Retro-rockets were placed in different positions"