North Korea Shows Off Missiles During Military Parade
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 22:58
Image from a live footage of a parade to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung, showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R).
Pyongyang threatened to launch a strike in response to what it's describing as American provocation.
State television showed Kim stepping out of a limousine, wearing black suit and a white shirt, and saluting his honour guard before walking down a red carpet.
The huge military parade on Saturday showed off what appeared to be the country's increasingly sophisticated military hardware, including ballistic missiles, to the accompaniment of marching music and a large audience.
"Our toughest counteraction against the USA and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive", the military statement said, according to the North's state-sponsored KCNA news agency.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has overseen a special forces commando operation, state media said Thursday, as tensions soar with Washington over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.
Last week, the United States positioned two destroyers capable of launching a missile attack in the region amid concerns North Korea was preparing a nuclear test. Analysts warned that a strike against North Korea would likely escalate, and North Korea said Friday that "thermonuclear war may break out at any moment". And on his left, the economic policy, bringing North Korea into the modern world.
"The North attempted to launch an unidentified missile from near the Sinpo region this morning but it is suspected to have failed", the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Choe Ryong-hae, a close aide to Kim Jong-un, addressed the packed square with a warning to the US.
"We urge all sides to no longer engage in mutual provocation and threats, whether through words or deeds, and don't push the situation to the point where it can't be turned around and gets out of hand", Wang said.
China is North Korea's lone major ally but has spoken out against its missile and nuclear tests and has supported United Nations sanctions.
The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked.
North Korea unveiled what appears to be launch tubes for a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during a military parade in the capital of Pyongyang to celebrate the 105th birthday of the country's late founder Kim Il Sung, South Korea's military said Saturday. South Korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea, as information about the secretive, authoritarian state is often impossible to confirm.
In Dandong, China's main border post with North Korea, hundreds of North Koreans gathered at a cultural centre carrying floral displays. The South Korean government believed Kim Won-hong had been sent to a "political re-education" prison camp for sending false reports to Kim Jong-un.