North Korea rolls out missiles
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 13:00
Previously, the North Korean military threatened to unleash a "merciless" response against American targets, including the naval task force the USA recently deployed. State television showed Kim stepping out of a limousine, wearing black suit and a white shirt, and saluting his honour guard before walking down a red carpet.
It has carried out five nuclear tests - two of them past year - and multiple missile launches, one of which saw several rockets land in waters close to Japan last month.
"We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war", said Choe Ryong-hae, the country's second most powerful official.
A huge parade in Pyongyang was held amid speculation current leader Kim Jong-un could order a new nuclear test.
The AP reports that USA satellite imagery suggests North Korea could be preparing to test another underground nuclear missile.
China quickly responded to the new jousting in the nuclear hotspot, saying there will be no victor in a war between the USA and North Korea.
And on the same day, a top North Korean official offered a warning to the US, accusing President Trump of "creating a war situation".
North Korea's military parade has been closely watched by outside experts to get a glimpse of the North's latest additions to its missile program and other new military equipment.
Pyongyang has expressed anger over the annual spring military exercises the US holds with South Korea, which it considers an invasion rehearsal.
North Korea, on the other hand, only seems to be strengthening its commitment to nuclear development. Amid growing tensions with the US President Donald Trump who promised to "take care" of North Korea, the communist officials told foreign journalists on Tuesday that a "big and important event" is expected to take place.
North Korean soldiers reportedly paraded large rockets covered by canisters which were rolled out in two different types of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was reportedly silent during the marking of his grandfather's, the nation's founder, birthday. The country unveiled an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) known as the KN-08 for the first time at that time.
The U.S. has deployed destroyers equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles, which were used to attack Syria last week, near the Korean Peninsula, according to the NBC report.