Defectors Group Flies Leaflets Toward N. Korea

Cheryl Sanders
April 20, 2017

China is North Korea's only major ally.

The suspension comes in the wake of rising tensions in the peninsula.

Two mobile canisters possibly containing ICMBs larger than anything North Korea has ever produced were shown, indicating North Korea may be working toward solid-fuel, canisterized ICBMs.

This year's celebrations come at a tense time on the Korean Peninsula, days after a United States strike group was deployed to the region and amid expectations of another missile or nuclear test by Pyongyang.

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E). North Korean schoolgirls attend a dance class at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Now attention turns to the next important date in North Korea's calendar in ten days time: the 85th anniversary of the founding of the military.

The biggest source of foreign currency for North Korea stands to be China, to which it sells millions of tons of coal.

In Dandong, China's main border post with North Korea, hundreds of North Koreans gathered at a cultural centre carrying floral displays.

Kishida said that Japan needs "to be fully prepared to take various measures".

The parade, the annual highlight of North Korea's most important holiday, came amid growing worldwide worries that North Korea may be preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a major missile launch, such as its first flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching US shores.

State TV showed North Korea's Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) on parade with tanks and other heavy machinery in front of Kim Jong Un.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that Sunday's missile exploded on launch. Experts say they believe the weapons were land and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

"All the brigandish provocative moves of the 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", the KCNA state news agency said, citing a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army.

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.

North Korea's goal is to build a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of striking the United States.

The annual parade celebrates the birth of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung.

There can be no winners in a war between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, while pledging support for dialogue between the sides.

Meanwhile, an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier group has been dispatched to boost an array of military capabilities available to Washington in South Korea and the wider region.

"As long as dialogue takes place, it can be official or unofficial, through one channel or dual channels, bilateral or multilateral".

"If they attempt a full-scale war, we will respond with a full-scale war", Choe Ryong Hae, a senior official in the ruling Workers' Party and a key aide to Kim, said in a speech before the parade, the Times reported.

North Korea showed two new kinds of ICBM enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the back of trucks, suggesting Pyongyang was working towards a "new concept" of ICBM, said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the US -based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.

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