dglobalnews.com North Korea Shows Off Missiles During Military Parade
Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

North Korea Shows Off Missiles During Military Parade

North Korea Shows Off Missiles During Military Parade

The Associated Press has quoted United States officials as saying the Trump administration will focus on working with China to raise pressure on North Korea rather than stepping in with military force.

The country's hereditary leader Kim Jong-un, wearing a black suit and white shirt and a tie, welcomed his country's bravest as he addressed thousands of soldiers who took part in the parade honoring his grandfather.

North Korea celebrated founder Kim Il Sung's 105th birthday on Saturday with a big parade that featured plenty of missiles, which are famously dick-shaped. Washington has voiced concerns over Pyongyang's nuclear tests, but the North says such launches are an act as deterrence against a potential invasion by the USA or South Korea.

A huge truck carrying the missile-shaped objective rolled through the main square of the capital in front of leader Kim Jong-un and other top officials of the communist regime, showed TV footage.

Choe Ryong Hae, who some presume as the second-most powerful official in North Korea, said the new United States government under Donald Trump was "creating a war situation" in the Korean Peninsula by dispatching strategic military assets to the region.

"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.

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North Korea responded by warning of a "merciless retaliatory strike" if the USA acts first.

Mr Johnson said: "We stand alongside our global partners in making clear that North Korea must adhere to United Nations resolutions created to secure peace and stability in the region and stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons".

"We don't hide that the strongholds of evil such as the USA army bases including those at Osan, Gunsan, and Pyeongtaek as well as the Blue House in South Korea can be razed within a few minutes", according to the statement carried by the KPA General Staff.

In an interview with Associated Press, North Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol accused the Trump administration of "becoming more vicious and more aggressive" in its policy towards the North. It has warned of a nuclear attack on the United States in retaliation for any sign of aggression. DPRK on Saturday showcased its military muscles by parading all of its most advanced ballistic and tactic missiles, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile which could strike targets 1,000 kilometers away.

Mr Trump has put North Korea on notice that he will not tolerate any more provocation and said he believes the isolated state is a problem that "will be taken care of". But there had been fears that the isolated country would mark the Day of the Sun by conducting a nuclear test - in defiance of US warnings not to. The move triggered questions about Trump's plans for North Korea, which has conducted several missile and nuclear tests.

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