Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

The move, coupled with the US retaliatory strikes last week against Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians, and the depoyment of a huge bomb against IS positions in Afghanistan earlier this week, touched off fear in South Korea that the United States was preparing for military action against the North.

"Hawaii local time April 15", the statement read.

Other weaponry exhibit during the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery guns, as well as a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from submarines.

"The missile blew up nearly immediately". The display featured what appeared to be a new long-range missile and two new types of large missile canisters.

I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the USA will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!

South Korea's military also detected the failed launch.

The North has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the USA mainland, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturizing a nuclear warhead.

Chinese tourists in Dandong, a city bordering North Korea, piled on to ferries and speedboats on Sunday for cruises on the Yalu river and up-close views of North Korean border guards and villages.

South Korea's military said they would continue to analyse the test for more details.

USA officials feared Kim Jong-un would mark the national holiday by launching North Korea's sixth nuclear weapons test, since the country has used previous holidays to showcase its military prowess.

Journalists are rarely welcomed into North Korea, but a number of outlets such as the BBC were invited to watch the huge spectacle.

As tensions between North Korea and the USA rose in recent days, speculation had grown that Kim Jong Un would conduct a nuclear test or other major military test.

"North Korea is a problem", President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday.

"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words ..."

U.S. officials said that the Trump administration had settled on a policy that will emphasise 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.

A stream of weapons were paraded between rows of thousands of soldiers gathered for the Day of the Sun in celebration of the birthday of the nation's late founder Kim Il-sung.

Speaking at the parade, North Korea's second-in-command, Choe Ryong Hae, blamed the USA for "creating a war situation", the Associated Press reported.

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 U.S. invasion.

"We've tried persuasion, it's failed, we've tried coercion, it's failed".

"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 fact is, this regime is never going to voluntarily give up nuclear weapons, they're the ace in the hole", he said.

Its national airline, Air China, has cancelled some flights to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, due to poor demand but it has not suspended all flights there, it said on Friday.

US officials said on Friday that Trump's advisers weighed a range of ideas for how to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Choe said President Donald Trump was guilty of "creating a war situation" on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching USA forces to the region.

Wearing a western-style black suit and white collared shirt, Mr Kim was pictured on state-run television laughing heartily and clapping while watching soldiers, tanks and missiles on display in Kim Il-sung Square.

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

The comments come after the USA dropped a MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb on an ISIS tunnel in Nangahar, Afghanistan, sparking a response from North Korea. During his New Year's address, Kim said the country's preparations for an ICBM launch had "reached the final stage".

Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

The North also previous year launched a long-range rocket that put a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology.

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