North Korea rolls out new missiles during huge military parade

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2017

North Korea exhibited its ballistic missiles and other military weaponry during a huge parade on Saturday to celebrate its founder's birthday.

"All the brigandish provocative moves of the United States in the political, economic and military fields pursuant to its hostile policy toward the DPRK will thoroughly be foiled through the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK", North Korea's KCNA news agency said, citing a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army.

One of Kim's top officials warned that North Korea would stand up to any threat posed by the United States.

"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.

A view of a military parade marking the 105th "Day of the Sun", the birth anniversary of the state's founder Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this still image taken from video released by North Korea's state-run television KRT on April 15, 2017.

Senior Chinese officials did not attend the parade, according to reports, in contrast to some previous events overseen by the North Korean leader.

Newspapers this morning expressed fears of nuclear tests as Pyongyang warned it was prepared to take "the toughest action" against USA "military hysteria".

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

John Bolton called for USA cooperation with China and said the neighbouring nation's intervention would be key in ending North Korea's nuclear programme.

A US military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said the United States doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

The state TV also showed several KN-08 missiles being rolled out on trucks at the parade.

A North Korea expert at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kim Dong-yub, told AP that the canisters and trucks seen during the parade suggested that North Korea was developing technology to "cold launch" ICBMs, which would eject missiles from the canisters before igniting.

Other military hardware at the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery, as well as a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from submarines.

Moreover, the North has taken the recent deployment of a USA naval strike group to the region as grounds for its continued testing of nuclear and missile weapons technologies.

Kim Jong Un, a 30-something leader who took power in late 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defense strategy.

In his annual New Year's address, Kim said North Korea's preparations for an ICBM launch had "reached the final stage". The country conducted two nuclear tests past year. There are, however, concerns that the nation is possibly preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a missile launch soon.

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