Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

DPRK displays submarine-launched ballistic missile at military parade

DPRK displays submarine-launched ballistic missile at military parade

The North has since said it is ready for "war" with the United States, while speculation is mounting that it might conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark the 105th birthday anniversary of founder Kim Il-Sung on Saturday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - seen supervising the parade - warned earlier this year that his country was preparing to test an ICBM capable of reaching the mainland United States.

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

A US military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said Washington has no intention of using military force against Pyongyang in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

North Korea responded by warning of a "merciless retaliatory strike" if the USA acts first. "It's not the DPRK but the USA and Trump that makes trouble".

State television showed what appeared to be several KN-08 intercontinental missiles rolled out on trucks at the parade.

But as speculation mounts that Pyongyang is poised for a "big event", a USA aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region.

Kim Jong-un did not speak at the parade but waved from a balcony.

The arsenal of weapons on display included the new ballistic missile - which is thought to have a range of around 600 miles - and what appeared to be a battery of KN-08 and KN-14 missiles, which analysts believe could reach the USA mainland.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Saturday urged North Korea to abide by United Nations resolutions and stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons, as the reclusive state brandished its military might.

The event made clear how vital the state's nuclear programme is to its future ambitions as it continues to ignore growing pressure from the U.S. to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

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".

In a show of force a few days ago, the US dispatched what President Donald Trump called an "armada" of ships, including an aircraft carrier, into waters off the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea said Friday that the US had better not treat it like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gaddafi, that is, like Iraq and Libya.

None of the North's five previous nuclear tests have taken place in the month of April.

Meanwhile, Vice President Pence will travel Sunday to South Korea.

However, he expressed hope that US President Donald Trump would listen to what Russian Federation and China were saying concerning the North Korean issue. Yesterday it warned the United States any provocation would be met with retaliation.

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