North Korea flaunts long-range missiles in massive parade

Tomas Mccoy
April 19, 2017

The Sun reports that Pyongyang's Vice Minister Han Song Ryol warned Mr Trump against provoking North Korea militarily and that "we will go to war if they choose".

Pyongyang has also expressed anger over the ongoing annual spring military exercises the USA holds with South Korea, which it considers a rehearsal for invasion.

Kim Jong Un didn't speak before North Korean television ended the live broadcast.

Several KN-08 missiles were rolled out on trucks at the parade.

The most recent North Korean nuclear test occurred on September 9, a holiday called the Day of the Foundation of the Republic that commemorates the day the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was founded in 1948, akin to the Fourth of July.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang on Saturday, with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its increasingly sophisticated military hardware amid rising regional tensions.

North Korea on Saturday warned the USA not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks".

(KRT via AP). In this image made from video provided by North Korean broadcaster KRT, missiles are displayed during a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, April 15, 2017. He then stepped up to a podium and clapped with senior government officials to address the thousands of soldiers and civilians taking part in the parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, the capital.

A White House foreign policy adviser said yesterday that the United States is assessing military options in response to North Korea's weapons programme.

A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

China has even stopped the import of North Korean coals while it also hindered airline flights to Pyongyang.

After a two-month policy review, officials settled on a policy dubbed "maximum pressure and engagement", US officials said Friday.

Hundreds of military trucks carrying cheering and singing people headed for a parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founding father, celebrations that coincide with the latest threat by the reclusive state against the United States and President Donald Trump. Being North Korea's ally, China didn't also approve its plans.

Mr Trump also flexed his military muscle last week by ordering cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base.

Other military hardware at the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery, as well as a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from submarines.

Weapons analysts said they believed some of the missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

In his annual New Year's address, Kim said that the country's preparations for an ICBM launch have "reached the final stage".

The nuclear-armed North is under United Nations sanctions over its weapons programmes, and has ambitions to build a rocket capable of delivering a warhead to the USA mainland -- something Trump has vowed "won't happen". The South Korean government had said earlier this year that Kim Won Hong was sacked from his job as state security minister, presumably over corruption. The North also previous year launched a long-range rocket that put a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology.

An official from South Korea's Unification Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules, confirmed that the man was Kim Won Hong and said his appearance shows he has been reinstated from a "purge state".

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