North Korea's attempted missile launch failed, report says

This image captured from footage by North Korea's state TV broadcaster on April 15, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presiding over a military parade held in Pyongyang to mark the 105th birthday of late founder Kim Il-sung.

Analysts say the missiles could one day be capable of hitting targets as far as the USA, although North Korea has yet to flight-test them.

We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and we are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks.

North Korea is seen as trying to flex its military muscle through the parade in an apparent bid to show the global community that it remains unscathed by tough worldwide sanctions. The brinkmanship of the U.S. and North Korea, which appear to be engaged in a battle of nerves, is tantamount to taking hostage the entire populations of North and South Korea.

Media in Japan said the government confirmed it would take all precautions regarding possible fresh North Korean provocations.

"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words".

Earlier on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, called on China to "solve the North Korean problem".

Choe Ryong Hae, who some presume as the second-most powerful official in North Korea, said the new United States government under Donald Trump was "creating a war situation" in the Korean Peninsula by dispatching strategic military assets to the region.

China, North Korea's sole major ally and neighbor which nevertheless opposes its weapons program, on Friday again called for talks to defuse the crisis.

Pyongyang says the military exercises are practice for an invasion of North Korea, and has warned of a nuclear attack on the United States in retaliation for any signs of aggression.

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 elaborate display of the state's enormous power involves tens of thousands of participants, from goose-stepping soldiers to crowds of civilians who have spent weeks perfecting their ability to wave plastic flowers in unison.

For outside military analysts, though, the highlight is the weaponry that the North puts on display.

Pictures on North Korean state television showed thousands of soldiers marching in formation alongside tanks, balloons and enormous crowds.

Weapons analysts said they believed some of the missiles on display at the military parade were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). An official from South Korea's Defense Ministry couldn't immediately confirm whether the rocket was a new ICBM.

North Korea says it's created a nuclear weapon small enough to mount on a missile, though many experts dispute that claim.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that Sunday's missile exploded on launch.

Kim, the analyst, said it's likely that North Korea is also developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets inside the canisters on Saturday might have been prototypes. Also on display was a powerful midrange missile, which outside analysts call "Musudan", and which can potentially reach USA air bases in Guam. Coal sales are an important source of revenue for Kim Jong Un's government, and the US says China has turned back some shipments in recent days.

"However, North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them", Hanham said. U.S., South Korean and other officials are closely monitoring the North amid indications it could conduct another missile test or nuclear explosion to coincide with an important national anniversary this weekend.

With concerns that North Korea is getting closer to successfully producing a nuclear arsenal, Saturday's parade was an opportunity for Mr Kim to broadcast North Korea's current military capabilities. The North also past year launched a long-range rocket that put a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology.

  • Leroy Wright