North Korea warns United States to end its 'military hysteria' or face retaliation

He saluted an honour guard and took his place on the podium. VOA's report, quoting USA government and other sources with that story Wednesday, was updated Thursday by a source within the US intelligence community: "U.S. intelligence is always on the alert for a possible North Korean weapons test. Kim Jong Un wants his country to be validated as a nuclear power, and a test would further that goal".

A stream of tanks and armored vehicles carrying what looked like ballistic missiles rolled through the square, showed TV footage.

North Korea has warned the USA to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the "Day of the Sun", the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father.

A submarine-launched ballistic missile was displayed at the parade for the first time.

North Korea showed two new kinds of ICBM enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the back of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs. An official from South Korea's Defence Ministry could not immediately confirm whether any of the rockets paraded represented a new type of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), the Associated Press reported.

Weapons analysts said they believe some of the missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, including a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from a submarine, which would make it hard to detect. Also on display was a powerful mid-range missile that outside analysts call a "Musudan", and which can potentially reach US air bases in Guam, as well as a new solid-fuel mid-range missile that can be fired from land mobile launchers, making them harder to detect before launch.

Soldiers in tanks take part in the parade.

And there was a new solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired from land mobile launchers, making them harder to detect before launch.

"We will respond with an all-out war to (the USA attempt) for a full-scale war and nuclear attacks with nuclear strikes", Choe said in a speech.

The development comes days after the USA dispatched what Trump referred to as an "armada" of warships in a show of force into waters off the Korean peninsula amid concerns that Pyongyang was preparing another round of nuclear or missile tests. Washington has voiced concerns over Pyongyang's nuclear tests, but the North says such launches are an act as deterrence against a potential invasion by the US or South Korea.

One of Kim's top officials warned that North Korea would stand up to any threat posed by the United States.

News that the US had dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal, a 10,000-kilogram explosive that headline writers called "the mother of all bombs", was taken as a message directed at Kim Jong Un. Under his watch, North Korea has aggressively pursued a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States.

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

While Trump's remark was taken as a threat of military action against the North, the president added that China "is working very hard" to defuse the global tension over North Korea, and that he was hopeful Beijing's diplomacy would be effective.

The United States has warned that a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over.

Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests past year following three previous ones in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

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.

A US State Department official said yesterday the US was aligning "all elements of national power" to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

  • Leroy Wright


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