North Korea displays new long range, submarine based missiles on anniversary
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 13:55
And I will say this: "He is doing the wrong thing".
China is North Korea's major ally, but it has backed United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests. Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have been preparing.
On past form, the parade will see Kim watch ranks of goose-stepping soldiers marching through Kim Il-Sung Square in the centre of Pyongyang, accompanied by tanks, missiles on trailers, and other materiel.
North Korea put on a huge military spectacle Saturday to celebrate its founder's birthday, parading its series of new and technologically advanced missiles in front of third-generation leader Kim Jong Un, and in a defiant show of force in front of the world.
Kim Jong Un (R), supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), waves as he reviews the grand celebrations marking the 105th birth anniversary of DPRK founder Kim Il Sung in central Pyongyang, April 15, 2017.
Kim Jong Un has engaged in a war of words with President Trump amid recent missile tests.
Kim Dong-yub, a military official-turned-analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the canisters and trucks suggest that the North is developing technology to "cold launch" ICBMs, ejecting them from the canisters before they ignite.
On Friday, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi discouraged the US and North Korea from engaging in "tit for tat" behavior between the two countries after media reports claimed that the Trump administration was positioned to launch a preemptive strike if North Korea appeared to be launching such a test.
North Korea has another big military holiday on April 25, when its army marks its anniversary.
Later on Friday the government of China - North Korea's most important trading partner and ally - warned that, "once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple loss". Ryol, the vice foreign minister, told the AP that North Korea's nuclear arsenal will grow in both "quality" and "quantity".
Fears over the North's rogue weapons program have soared in recent days, with a United States naval strike force deployed near the Korean peninsula, while President Donald Trump has warned the threat "will be taken care of" and Pyongyang has vowed a "merciless" response to any provocation.
Pyongyang has expressed anger over the annual spring military exercises the USA holds with South Korea, which it considers an invasion rehearsal.
North Korea's army on Friday vowed a "merciless" response to any USA provocation, as tensions soar over Pyongyang's nuclear programme and speculation mounts that it is preparing a fresh weapons test.
Saturday's holiday, known as the Day of the Sun, normally includes an vast military parade and synchronized public performances, sometimes involving tens of thousands of people.
For outside military analysts, though, the highlight is the weaponry that the North puts on display.
"The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilising programme of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability", Benham said.
The parade went on for more than two hours as thousands of North Korean soldiers marched in lockstep through the city's main square. An official from South Korea's Defence Ministry couldn't immediately confirm whether the rocket was a new ICBM.