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North Korea Flaunts Long-Range Missiles in Massive Parade

North Korea Flaunts Long-Range Missiles in Massive Parade

A North Korea expert at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kim Dong-yub, told AP that the canisters and trucks seen during the parade suggested that North Korea was developing technology to "cold launch" ICBMs, which would eject missiles from the canisters before igniting.

A nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier group is now making its way towards the region, prompted by concerns over the regimes missile and nuclear testing in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

The official said plans could change in the unlikely event a North Korean missile hits South Korea, Japan or USA territory. And as you said, a military parade it taking place in Pyongyang, in honor for the former leader.

Soldiers carry flowers as they arrive to pay respects at the statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il Friday in Pyongyang, North Korea.

On Friday, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi discouraged the USA and North Korea from engaging in "tit for tat" behavior between the two countries after media reports claimed that the Trump administration was positioned to launch a preemptive strike if North Korea appeared to be launching such a test.

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

"We are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks".

New weapons are normally unveiled at these occasions, and today a submarine-launched ballistic missile has been shown for the first time, likely to be the same model as the SLBM that was successfully test-fired in August previous year.

This image captured from footage aired by North Korea's state TV broadcaster on April 15, 2017, shows a military parade held in Pyongyang to mark the 105th birthday of late founder Kim Il-sung.

While the two missile canisters appeared to accommodate missiles larger than any the country has publicly displayed, they were empty but insinuated North Korea's intentions to build larger ICBMs. "If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no victor", he added during a joint press conference in Beijing with the visiting French foreign minister.

Speaking in Beijing yesterday, China's foreign minister Wang Yi warned the region is facing a "precarious situation" and that a conflict could break out "at any moment".

For his part, President Trump posted a tweet Tuesday in which he said the North is "looking for trouble".

But U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Friday that the Trump 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. Coal sales are an important source of revenue for Kim Jong-un's government, and the USA says China has turned back some shipments in recent days.

He said that although North Korea would not have missed the military might on show in Afghanistan, Kim may be incentivised to push forward with weapons testing to "thumb his nose" at the US President.