North Korea unveils new missiles during military parade

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made an appearance at an huge military parade celebrating the birthday of his late grandfather and North Korea founder Kim Il-sung.

North Korea displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missile and the land-based version it launched last month as well as two new intercontinental ballistic missile-sized canisters as the military paraded down Kim Il Sung Square, analysts said.

Instead, North Korea held a parade displaying a variety of ballistic missiles it has recently tested among other weapons, according to the Washington Post, as the country marked the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung, the nation's founder and Kim Jong Un's grandfather.

And on the same day, a top North Korean official offered a warning to the USA, accusing President Trump of "creating a war situation".

American intelligence officials have reportedly said the USA is ready to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea if it is sure Pyongyang is about to stage another nuclear weapons test.

North Korea warned the United States to end its "military hysteria" earlier on Saturday or face retaliation as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region.

North Korea has carried out a total of five nuclear tests so far, and according to an expert satellite imagery analysis Pyongyang may be preparing for a sixth test soon.

And last week's USA airstrikes against Syria for using chemical weapons added credibility to statements made by the Trump administration that it is prepared to take military action against North Korea as well.

He said: "If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with an annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare".

North Korea showed off a series of new and technologically advanced missiles and launchers during a military parade on Saturday.

Kim Jong-un, looking relaxed in a dark suit and laughing with aides, oversaw the festivities on the "Day of the Sun" at Pyongyang's main Kim Il-sung Square.

The celebration comes at a somewhat inopportune time as Donald Trump's administration has been provoking North Korea for a few weeks now, worrying everybody that a nuclear war is about to break out.

"If the USA comes with reckless military maneuvers then we will confront it with the DPRK's preemptive strike", Ryol said.

It suggests Pyongyang has been working towards a "new concept" of ICBM, said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the US-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.

Trump and Xi discussed the North Korean nuclear threat during a recent summit at the USA president's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida.

It has carried out five nuclear tests - two of them previous year - and multiple missile launches, one of which saw several rockets land in waters close to Japan last month.

China, the only country with leverage over its neighbor to the south, has warned both the US and North Korea to lower their aggressive rhetoric.

Recently the USA began installing a missile defense system in South Korea that has produced protests from China, which sees North Korea as a useful buffer between it and US ally South Korea.

  • Zachary Reyes