North Korea unveils new missiles during military parade

US officials told The Associated Press that the administration had settled on a policy that will emphasize increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea's only major ally, instead of military options or trying to overthrow Kim's regime.

An unidentified rocket is displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

"North Korea showing a variety of offensive missiles at yesterday's military parade and daring to fire a ballistic missile today is a show of force that threatens the whole world", South Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

North Korea's goal is a long-range nuclear missile that can strike the continental United States.

"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.

Choe Ryong Hae said President Donald Trump was guilty of "creating a war situation" on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching US forces to the region.

The United States a few days ago dispatched what Trump called an "armada" of ships in a show of force, including an aircraft carrier, into waters off the peninsula amid fears that North Korea was preparing another round of nuclear or missile tests.

"If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare", he said.

She also noted the land-based KN-15 missile was mounted on a special launcher that increased its off-road capabilities.

South Korea's official Yonhap News Agency said Seoul's national security chief would convene the National Security Council later Sunday to assess the situation.


North Korea has continued to break its global obligations by test-firing ballistic missiles despite being hit with two rounds of United Nations sanctions after a pair of nuclear tests in 2016 alone.

Kim didn't speak before North Korean television ended the live broadcast.

Moreover, the North has taken the recent deployment of a US naval strike group to the region as grounds for its continued testing of nuclear and missile weapons technologies.

The solid-fueled missiles can be deployed faster and hidden more easily than liquid fueled missiles and their large size may indicate longer range.

Kim has overseen three nuclear tests and a string of missile and rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.

Mr Han Song said North Korea changed its military strategy two years ago, when the reports of "decapitation strike" training began to really get attention, to stress pre-emptive actions.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two a year ago.

North Korea is looking for trouble.

"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea", he tweeted."If they are unable to do so, the USA, with its allies, will!" Speculation has grown that it is to conduct a sixth nuclear test to coincide with the anniversary.

  • Eleanor Harrison