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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea unlikely to fire new 'monster' ICBM before US election

Pyongyang inclined to wait with Washington distracted by pandemic and campaign

Kim gave an address during the event, in which the new weapon was unveiled.   (KCNA/Kyodo)

TOKYO -- North Korea revealed Saturday what appears to be its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile to date, but analysts say the isolated nation is unlikely to test the device any time soon.

At a parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, the country unveiled an ICBM carried on a mobile erector launcher with 22 wheels, bigger than the vehicle that transported the Hwasong-15 missile -- North Korea's most powerful tested weapon -- in a February 2018 parade.

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