North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

"But whatever Kim Jong Un decides and instructs will succeed and all the citizens will support him", he said, referring to the North's young leader.

The source said: 'News of cadres of the second army corps slandering Kim Jong-un reached all the way to the People's Army's General Political Bureau, and the arrested cadres are to be severely punished'.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un didn't speak to the thousands of soldiers and civilians gathered at a massive parade honoring his late grandfather on Saturday, but his expanding array of ballistic missiles made an emphatic statement.

North Korea paraded new missiles during a military celebration in honor of the 105th birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung.

This matters because while North Korea regularly launches short-range missiles, it is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland.

According to AP, "The parade, an elaborate display of the state's huge 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".

"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 added. That means the much-anticipated April 15 North Korean holiday has ended without any event that would trigger a possible USA attack, and therefore, possible World War III.

He said: "Actually what our objectives should be and what we need to do is explain to China that it's in their interest, despite years of policy to the contrary".

He said uniting the country with South Korea was the "only way it's going to happen".

"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words", Han Song Ryol said.

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.

Kim, the analyst, said it's likely that North Korea is also developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets inside the canisters on Saturday might have been prototypes. It has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the mainland United States but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology. The communist country has been regularly conducting nuclear and missile tests defying United Nations' resolutions and sanctions.

North Korea responded by warning of a "merciless retaliatory strike" if the US acts first.

"However, North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them", Ms Hanham said.

The 1950-1953 Korean War ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty, and Pyongyang said it needed nuclear weapons to defend itself against a possible USA invasion.

North Korean state media warned that such "reckless acts of aggression" would be countered with "whatever methods the USA wants to take".

So-called cold launches would also allow the missiles to be fired from silos.

"This launch can possibly be a test for a new type of missile or an upgrade".

Unlike at some previous parades attended by Kim, there did not appear to be a senior Chinese official in attendance.

  • Joey Payne