North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

"If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to all-out war with all-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare", Choe was quoted by The Telegraph as saying.

The developments come as North Korea celebrates the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il-sung.

Rows of military bands and goose-stepping and sword-wielding soldiers marched through Pyongyang's main Kim Il-sung square for the "Day of the Sun" celebrations, as a black-suited Kim Jong-un watched on.

The development comes days after the United States 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.

North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks", according to BBC News.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) waves from a balcony of the Grand People's Study house following a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

The Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) were also on parade.

"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".

In Japan, Pence will kick off economic talks first announced by Trump and Japanese President Shinzo Abe after their February summit. This would allow North Korea to prevent its limited number of ICBM-capable launcher trucks from being damaged during launches and also make the missiles harder to detect after they're fired, he said. It was the first time North Korea had shown the missiles, which have a range of more than 600 miles.

Two mobile canisters possibly containing ICMBs larger than anything North Korea has ever produced were shown, indicating North Korea may be working toward solid-fuel, canisterized ICBMs. Also on display was a powerful midrange missile that outside analysts call a "Musudan", and which can potentially reach US air bases in Guam, as well as a new solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired from land mobile launchers, making them harder to detect before launch.

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.

United States army M1A2 tanks conduct a joint military exercise between the USA and South Korea in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Saturday.

The nation's aim is to be able to put a nuclear warhead on an ICBM that can reach targets around the world.

  • Julie Sanders