N.Korea shows off 'ICBM' during massive parade

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

But diplomats in Pyongyang point out that the North raises its rhetoric every spring, when Washington and Seoul hold annual joint military exercises that it views as preparations for invasion.

"The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo".

The bomb drop has been seen as a sign from Trump to North Korea - to show them he is not afraid to act without warning. Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have been preparing for North Korea's most important.

He said that the North is also likely developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets paraded inside canisters on Saturday might be prototypes.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday "everybody will end up as a loser" if a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula.

United States officials feared Kim Jong-un would mark the national holiday by launching North Korea's sixth nuclear weapons test, since the country has used previous holidays to showcase its military prowess. This is its ways to press the country to take a breath in this moment.

North Korea has another big military holiday on April 25, when its army marks its anniversary. He did not elaborate.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang.

He said Kim Jong-un's nuclear program helped the regime's "long-term viability".

The North's Korean People's Army (KPA) added its voice to the bellicose rhetoric on Friday with a statement threatening strikes against USA military bases and other targets in South Korea.

State TV showed images of the Pukkuksong-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) on trucks for the first time as the country continues to pursue an aggressive military and nuclear deterrent policy. Analysts say such missiles may be able to reach targets as far as the United States.

"Beijing should make clear to Pyongyang through diplomatic channels: if the DPRK in spite of the opposition of the global community (carry out a sixth nuclear test), China should cut off the vast majority of their oil supply and China should support the Security Council to pass new sanctions including this measure", the paper said, referring to North Korea by its official title, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea said Friday that the US had better not treat it like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gaddafi, that is, like Iraq and Libya.

Other senior officials joining Kim at the parade podium included Kim Won Hong, who the South Korean government had said earlier this year was sacked from his job as state security minister, presumably over corruption.

Although DefCon doubts missiles from North Korea could hit U.S. mainland - others are not so sure.

A stream of weapons were paraded between rows of thousands of soldiers gathered for the Day of the Sun in celebration of the birthday of the nation's late founder Kim Il-sung.

Tension has been building since Kim Jong Un announced in his New Year's message that the country was close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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

The North has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe such a threat is some time away.

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