North Korea faked the launch of a "monster missile" from its Top Gun-inspired propaganda video, according to analysts.
Kim Jong Un announced his country had supposedly test-fired a long-range ballistic missile which is thought to be capable of holding nuclear warheads.
But South Korea and the US believe the weapon wasn't a Hwasong-17 missile and was in fact a much smaller weapon named a Hwasong-15.
It comes after Seoul and Washington analysts consulted satellite images and weather forecasts which they say proved it was a less powerful missile from five years ago.
Now, military officials believe the viral footage was an attempt to make up for the recently failed launch of the Hwasong-17, reports Daily Mail.
North Korea's state media turned a blind eye to the mishap, with news agency KCNA describing the pretend trial as a "striking demonstration of great military muscle."
Kim Jong Un claimed it was a "miraculous" victory for citizens and issued a warning about his country receiving military threats.
He said his troops would obtain "formidable military and technical capabilities unperturbed by any military threat and blackmail and keep themselves fully ready for long-standing confrontation with the U.S. imperialists".
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According to Pyongyang, the altitude of the Hwasong-17 can reach up to 3,905 miles. Its range would allow North Korea to target any part of the U.S. mainland.
But a South Korean defence ministry official told AFP: "US and South Korean intelligence has determined that what was fired on March 24 was a Hwasong-15."
The trial on Thursday was North Korea's 12th round of weapons launches in 2022. It was believed to be the most provocative test since US President Joe Biden was appointed to office.
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