North Korea shows off new generation of ballistic missiles in military parade

20 April, 2017, 08:15 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • U.S. Marine soldiers patrol during the U.S.-South Korea joint Exercise Operation Pacific Reach in Pohang South Korea. The Trump administration has settled on its North Korea strategy after a two-month review

In this image made from video broadcast by North Korean broadcaster KRT, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un applauds during a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

The festivities, celebrating the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un's grandfather, took place amid concerns that North Korea is possibly preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a significant rocket launch, such as its first flight test of an ICBM.

"North Korea is a problem".

Last year North Korea, which regularly fires off short-range rockets, launched a long-range missile and carried out two nuclear tests.

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

Putin will be asked to convince North Korea to calm down.

The Trump administration still has not ruled out military options in dealing with North Korea, according to the Times, and on Saturday, North Korean officials continued its tough talk against the United States.

Also, whether Kim, flanked by high-ranking officials at a balcony overlooking the square, will make a speech is being closely watched.

The comments, according to BBC, came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung.

There would be "no winners" if war between the U.S. and North Korea broke out, China has warned, amid growing tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapon and missile programmes.

He criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's administration for "creating a war situation" on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching strategic military assets to the region.

North Korea, still technically at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce but not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan.

The Institute for Science and International Security cited a worrying increase in North Korea's nuclear program, but said the arsenal may only have been as large as 13 atomic weapons at the end of 2016.

It has carried out five nuclear tests - two of them a year ago - and multiple missile launches, one of which saw several rockets land in waters close to Japan last month.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has overseen a special forces commando operation, state media said Thursday, as tensions soar with Washington over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

"We are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks", he said.

Kim emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defense strategy. Analysts say such missiles may be able to reach targets as far as the United States.

However, John Bolton, America's former ambassador to the United Nations, said piling on pressure wouldn't work and that the U.S. needed China's help to try and bring North and South Korea back together.

China yesterday warned against allowing tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme to spiral out of control, as a U.S. naval strike force sails towards the Korean peninsula amid speculation that Pyongyang will conduct a sixth nuclear test.

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