Trump 'creating a war situation' says North Korean official at huge parade

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2017

In this image taken from video aired by North Korean broadcaster KRT, a portrait of Kim Il-sung is carried during a parade at the square named for him in Pyongyang on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday from the country's east coast, US and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful USA aircraft carrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

Troop formations, missile displays, and armored vehicles rolled through the massive Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, as the country's current leader, Kim Jong Un, perched on the balcony and gave the occasional nod and salute to thousands of his subjects below.

Trump, who has proved to be unpredictable on foreign policy, has responded to the recent concerns over North Korea with a swagger that suggests a new, tougher stance.

He diverted the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its strike group towards the Korean peninsula last weekend in a show of force.

The failed launch was detected at 01:21 Moscow time and tracked by the US Pacific Command, a spokesman said.


Pence is tasked with explaining the policy in meetings with leaders in South Korea and Japan at the start of a 10-day tour that will include stops in Indonesia and Australia.

Pang Zhongying of the School of International Studies at Beijing's Renmin University agreed that military action was unlikely, but said another North Korean nuclear test would mark "the crossing of a red line" that China was prepared to respond to.

Han said North Korea changed its military strategy two years ago, when the reports of "decapitation strike" training began to really get attention, to stress pre-emptive actions.

A senior North Korean government official says the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at an vast parade celebrating the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. But the US will respond to North Korea's threats accordingly and won't engage Pyongyang until it "chooses a more peaceful way forward".

Also Friday, North Korea's vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that Trump's tweets - he recently tweeted, for example, that the North is "looking for trouble" - have inflamed tensions.

The parade also included large rockets covered by canisters in two different types of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has been diverted back to the waters off Korea after heading for Australia, and USA satellite imagery suggests the North could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.


China banned coal imports from North Korea in mid-February - potentially cutting off an economic lifeline - and Chinese customs data released Thursday showed 52 percent drop in imports in the first three months of this year, compared with the same period last year.

The failure, which is likely to be seen as something of an embarrassment for the regime, came amid soaring tensions in the region over the North's nuclear weapons ambitions.

As for when the next nuclear test would take place, he said "that is something that our headquarters decides". The country under his watch has been aggressively pursuing a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two past year. USA satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

Washington and Seoul will try hard to figure out what exactly North Korea fired.


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