April 23, 2017

N.Korea's Kim stages giant show of military strength

22 April 2017, 12:54 | Darnell Patrick

North Korea puts on a show for Day of the Sun

In this image made from video provided by North Korean broadcaster KRT missiles are paraded at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang Saturday

Instead, North Korea held a parade displaying a variety of ballistic missiles it has recently tested among other weapons, according to the Washington Post, as the country marked the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung, the nation's founder and Kim Jong Un's grandfather.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday to begin a 10-day trip to Asia that comes amid turmoil on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's threats to advance its nuclear and defense capabilities, and just after a failed missile launch by the North.

The parade, an elaborate display of the state's huge power, involves tens of thousands of participants, from goose-stepping soldiers to crowds of civilians who have spent weeks perfecting their ability to wave plastic flowers in unison.

One of the missiles in particular caught the attention of South Korean military analysts watching via the North's state television broadcast.

There can be no winners in a war between the USA and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says.

One of Kim's top spokespeople, Choe Ryong Hae, today vowed North Korea would "beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice".

Choe Ryong Hae said President Donald Trump was guilty of "creating a war situation" on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching USA forces to the region.

Despite North Korea's provocations, US officials have said that the USA doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

Wang last month urged North Korea to suspend its nuclear weapon and missile tests in exchange for South Korea and the USA putting their war games on hold, reviving a proposal first raised by Pyongyang.

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Jim Walsh, a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that he believed North Korea would conduct a nuclear test but said it was unlikely that the USA or its allies would respond militarily.

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, appealed for calm, pointing out that North Korea had threatened a military escalation on previous occasions.

As hostilities in the region surge Trump has sent an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula to press his point, while the North has launched a flurry of rockets.

Soldiers carry flowers as they arrive to pay respects at the statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il Friday in Pyongyang, North Korea.

"We are sending an armada".

North Korea says it's created a nuclear weapon small enough to mount on a missile, though many experts dispute that claim.

Current leader Kim Jong Un looked on as soldiers marched with tanks, missiles and rocket tubes through a plaza in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the New York Times reported.

"All the brigandish provocative moves of the U.S. 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 North's KCNA state news agency said.

The first of these is a ballistic missile launched from a submarine (SLBM) and the second is a medium-range missile, also launched from a mobile platform, that was tested on April 5, to which Washington responded this week by sending an aircraft carrier to the peninsula.

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