Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

North Korea warns United States to end its 'military hysteria' or face retaliation

North Korea warns United States to end its 'military hysteria' or face retaliation

North Korea has tested medium to long range missiles with varied success.

Kim's close aide Choe Ryong-Hae declared that the North was a "powerful nuclear-armed state in the Orient and Asia's leader in rocketry".

Military planes flew in formation, creating the number "105" above Kim Il Sung Square.

North Korean soldiers take part in a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, April 15, 2017. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has appeared in a massive parade.

Kim Jong Un has engaged in a war of words with President Trump amid recent missile tests.

North Korea celebrated the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth, North Korea's founder, in a customary grandiose display on Saturday afternoon.

A United States naval strike force has been deployed near the Korean peninsula, and President Donald Trump has issued stark warnings that the threat posed by Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme "will be taken care of".

And the USA is ready to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea if they fear a nuclear weapons test is imminent, according to senior USA intelligence officials.

The parade comes amid rising tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world, after a week-long series of spats directed toward the United States, and a looming possibility of the nation's sixth nuclear test.

Soldiers carried out on trucks North Korea's "Pukguksong" missile, which can be fired from a submarine.

North Korea saw the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moammar Gadhafi in Libya - neither of whom had nuclear weapons - as proof of the weapons' power.

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"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack", Choe said.

In an interview with the Associated Press, North Korea's vice foreign minister specifically mentioned Trump's tweets have contributed to the rising tensions.

Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said Pyongyang has determined the Trump administration is "more vicious and more aggressive" than that of former President Barack Obama.

Already strained relations between the United States and North Korea took a turn for the worse this week as Donald Trump took to Twitter to say the U.S. would "solve the problem" of North Korea.

China, North Korea's sole supporter, has stepped in to calm the rising tensions.

The parade comes as Pyongyang warned Washington to end what it called U.S. "military hysteria" or face retaliation. North Korea has never tested a missile that could cross the Pacific Ocean, and many experts are skeptical of whether it is capable of doing so.

He was seen clapping and smiling from a reviewing box.

The parade, an elaborate display of the state's enormous power, involves tens of thousands of participants, from goose-stepping soldiers to crowds of civilians who have spent weeks perfecting their ability to wave plastic flowers in unison.

For outside military analysts, though, the highlight is the weaponry that the North puts on display.

The state TV also showed several KN-08 missiles being rolled out on trucks at the parade.

Chad O'Carroll, managing director of specialist service NK News, told AFP they could be a liquid-fuelled intercontinental ballistic missile, or an early version of one, even though Pyongyang has yet to formally announce it has an operational ICBM.

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