North Korea flew civilian cargo planes painted in camouflage during a military parade earlier this year in an apparent attempt to make its arsenal seem bigger than it really is, U.S.-based website NK News said Tuesday.
The "Victory Day" parade on July 27 featured three Russian-made IL-76 military cargo planes, but they were actually civilian cargo planes owned by North Korean carrier Air Koryo, according to the NK News. The website claimed that they were recently spotted at an airport in Moscow with remnants of camouflage on their trail wings.
NK News said the ploy was designed to "exaggerate" the North's military power.
It would not be the first such an attempt that has been uncovered by beady-eyed scrutiny. Rucksacks carried by soldiers in the parade bore a radioactive sign to suggest they contained small nuclear warheads but were said to have been stuffed with paper.
Earlier this year, propaganda pictures of a landing operation suggested that North Korean Photoshoppers had simply pasted the same hovercraft repeatedly into the sea.
Radio Free Asia pointed out Monday that the North's official KCNA news agency carried a photo where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seems to have been pasted into a children's hospital construction site. It said the direction of the shadows of Kim and his entourage did not match the light source.