North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

Jerome Frank
April 20, 2017

According to the newspaper, Kim showed off "a lot" of its newest missiles, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile and a land-based missile, which theoretically could reach all of the United States.

"However, North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them", Hanham said.

Either way, the Pentagon confirmed they are preparing "military options" against North Korea, and haven't totally ruled out the possibility of a preemptive U.S. attack, though officials did deny that a decision to conduct such an attack has already been made.

Choe Ryong Hae - believed to be the second-most powerful official in the country - in his address to the soldiers during the parade, blamed Donald Trump for "creating a war situation" in the Korean Peninsula promising to respond with all out war to United States aggression.

One of Kim's top officials, Choe Ryong Hae, today vowed North Korea would "beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice".

President Donald Trump is much more "vicious" and "aggressive" than his predecessor, a North Korean official argued Friday.

Pukguksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SBLM) were also on parade - the first time North Korea has shown off the weapons which are said to have a range of more than 1,000 kilometres and are hard to detect.

North Korea has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan.

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When it comes to their nuclear testings, North Korea claimed "that is something that our headquarters decides".

"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", Choe said.

Decked in black, Kim Jong Un, silently watched the ceremonies to commemorate his grandfather in the nation's capital city, Pyongyang.

In the latest, China has warned North Korea of a war as a reaction to its "merciless" response to the U.S.

Pyongyang has expressed anger over the annual spring military exercises the US holds with South Korea, which it considers an invasion rehearsal.

"I have no idea what exact measures China will make this time, but one thing is for sure that they will be much tougher than those we've seen in the past", the academic said.

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". In a phone conversation with Trump on Wednesday, China's president, Xi Jinping, also called for restraint.

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