North Korea's Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles Displayed at Military Parade

A North Korean man looks at a model of the Unha 3 space launch vehicle displayed at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Flanked by senior party and military officials, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected the parade at a Pyongyang square named after his grandfather, according to live footage aired by the state TV broadcaster.

The country's biggest national holiday, called the Day of the Sun, came amid growing speculation that Pyongyang could conduct its sixth nuclear test or launch missiles around key anniversaries in April.

Among the hardware on display appeared to be new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

Japan, the United States and South Korea are maintaining vigilance amid signs North Korea may conduct another nuclear test.

North Korea warned the United States on Saturday to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father.

Choe Ryong Hae said President Donald Trump was guilty of "creating a war situation" on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching USA forces to the region.

On Friday, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi discouraged the USA 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.

Choe Ryong-hae, a close aide to Kim Jong-un, addressed the packed square with a warning to the US.

North Korea in February claimed that it successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface "medium long-range ballistic missile" known as the Pukkuksong-2, which is potentially capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Other weaponry exhibit during the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery guns, as well as a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from submarines.

A submarine-launched ballistic missile was also on display.

Mr Wang's comments come as the United States voices increasing concern at North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and deploys a Navy carrier group off the Korean peninsula.

The United States has warned that a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over.

Kim Dong-yub, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the canisters and trucks suggested that the North was developing technology to "cold launch" ICBMs, ejecting them from the canisters before they ignite.

The source said: 'News of cadres of the second army corps slandering Kim Jong-un reached all the way to the People's Army's General Political Bureau, and the arrested cadres are to be severely punished'.

"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.

  • Leroy Wright