North Korea warns against United States 'hysteria' as it marks founder's birth

Earlier on Friday Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said a conflict over North Korea could break out "at any moment", warning there would be no victor in any war.

With the men wearing pins adorned with photos of Kim Il Sung, and the women in brightly coloured traditional dress, crowds lined up to bow to portraits of their state founder before touring an exhibition of photos and North Korean paintings.

"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack", said Choe, widely seen by analysts as North Korea's No. 2 official.

North Korea has another big military holiday on April 25, when its army marks its anniversary. He did not elaborate. Solid fuel would allow North Korea to keep missiles on alert and ready to launch, or even keep them moving around on mobile launchers, potentially giving North Korea the ability to launch a surprise attack. This Saturday is the birthday of the nation's founder Kim Il-sung, furthering the speculation that President Kim is planning another show of his country's power.

Will Kim's grandson, Kim Jong Un, use the occasion to flex its nuclear muscle?

China's Global Times newspaper, which is published by the People's Daily, the Communist Party's official paper, said North Korea must have felt the shockwave from the 11-ton "mother of all bombs" dropped by USA forces on ISIS-linked fighters in Afghanistan on Thursday.

South Korea and the United States say the sole objective of the THAAD is to guard against North Korean missiles, but China says that its powerful radar could penetrate its territory. Also on display was a powerful midrange missile, which outside analysts call "Musudan", and which can potentially reach USA air bases in Guam. Since a year ago, following North Korean claims that it could hit USA targets with its missiles, some US military officers have begun to prepare for the day when that could become a reality.

This year's celebrations come at a tense time on the Korean Peninsula, days after a USA strike group was deployed to the region and amid expectations of another missile or nuclear test by Pyongyang. "Its nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose a grave threat to the peace and security of Asia and to the world".

Japan's Nikkei business daily said the government had discussed how to rescue an estimated 57,000 Japanese citizens in South Korea as well as how to cope with a possible flood of North Korean refugees coming to Japan, among whom might be spies.

In his annual New Year's address, Kim said North Korea's preparations for an ICBM launch had "reached the final stage".

There has been little doubt in recent years that the end-point of the North Korean programme is an arsenal of working ICBMs and nuclear warheads small enough to put on top of them.

(KRT via AP). In this image made from video broadcast by North Korean broadcaster KRT, soldiers take part in a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

The parade may feature some of the country's most valuable military hardware, such as its prototype intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In an interview with CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy on Friday, North Korea's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Han Song Ryol, accused the Trump administration of wanting to "annihilate" the regime and said they are ready to launch a "pre-emptive strike" if the USA threatens to attack their country.

Monday, hundreds of members of the Korean People's Army (KPA) crowded the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay tribute to past leaders and vow loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to state media Rodong Sinmun.

  • Salvatore Jensen