The tone of tensions: Korean voices, North and South

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

He did not elaborate.

"The Japanese government must take all possible measures to prepare for any contingency", the editorial said.

After that, North Korea threatened to hit the U.S.in a "merciless retaliatory strike".

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

Han dismissed the suggestion Trump made previous year during his presidential campaign that he was willing to meet Kim Jong Un, possibly over hamburgers.

Wang's comments mirrored a warning from the North Korean foreign ministry's Institute for Disarmament and Peace which said "thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment".

Goose-stepping soldiers and marching bands filled the square, next to the Taedonggang River that flows through Pyongyang, in the hazy spring sunshine, followed by tanks, multiple launch rocket systems and other weapons, Reuters reported.

"Whatever comes from the USA, we will cope with it".

"The Trump administration, which made a surprise guided cruise-missile strike on Syria on April 6, has entered the path of open threat and blackmail", the North's KCNA news agency quoted the military as saying in a statement.

US officials said Friday the president's advisers weighed a range of ideas for how to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, including military options and trying to overthrow the isolated communist dictatorship's leadership.

Many North Korea watchers believe North Korea could have a viable nuclear warhead and a ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States mainland on Trump's watch as president - within the next few years.

China suspended coal imports, one of the largest sources of income for North Korea, earlier this year and stressed behind closed doors that it will press the North into halting its nuclear program.

North Korean state television showed Kim, wearing a black suit and white shirt, stepped out of a black limousine and saluted his honor guard before walking down a red carpet. Experts say they believe the weapons were land and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Analysts say commercial satellite images from recent weeks indicate increased activity around North Korea's nuclear test site.

A surprise at the parade was the appearance of Kim Won Hong, who was among the senior government officials joining Kim Jong Un at the podium.

The country unveiled a series of missiles Friday in a military parade.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies said the regime's tested missiles more than 20 times since the beginning of 2016 and tested nuclear warheads twice in that span.

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

Trump has repeatedly said he will prevent Pyongyang from its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

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