North Korea puts on a show for Day of the Sun

Geneva Matthews
April 19, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on April 15 saluted as ranks of goose-stepping soldiers followed by tanks and other military hardware paraded in Pyongyang for a show of strength with tensions mounting over his nuclear ambitions.

North Korea said Friday that the USA had better not treat it like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gaddafi, that is, like Iraq and Libya.

North Korea conducted two of such tests previous year alone, which analysts say would have taken the country a step forward in gaining the knowledge to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

"All the brigandish provocative moves of the USA in the political, economic and military fields pursuant to its hostile policy toward the DPRK will thoroughly be foiled through the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK", the KCNA state news agency said, citing a spokesperson for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army.

North Korea saw the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moammar Gadhafi in Libya - neither of whom had nuclear weapons - as proof of the weapons' power.

A senior North Korean government official said the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at the parade. US satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

China on Friday urged both United States and North Korea to refrain from mounting pressure on each other so as to not soon reach an "irreversible and unmanageable stage".

During the pomp and circumstance at Kim II Sung square, citizens showed their revolutionary fervour with choreographed performances while vehicles displaying North Korea's military arsenal rolled by.

He said analysts are noting who is standing beside Kim Jong-un - on his right, the country's second-highest ranking official, who heads the military, and on his left, the country's premier.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has overseen a special forces commando operation, state media said Thursday, as tensions soar with Washington over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

"Though analysts questioned what was inside the missile shells, they said the appearance of a submarine-launched ballistic missile shows North Korea is progressing with its plan to launch missiles from anywhere in the sea".

Officials in South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch tubes displayed during the parade were longer than the North's intermediate-range ballistic missiles, leading them to believe it might have intercontinental strike capability.

North Korea also showcased short-range missiles Saturday that could threaten its neighbors in Asia.

A U.S. Navy strike group including the USS Carl Vinson aircraft was sent to the region ahead of the parade to monitor activity.

In a call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said late Friday the common goal of the two nations was to "bring all the parties back to the negotiating table", according to a statement on China's Foreign Ministry website.

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the USA and North Korea to show restraint, not provoke each other, and instead seek a diplomatic resolution.

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