Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade US: North Korea's 'provocative' actions 'can't continue'
Howard Terry | 18 April, 2017, 01:31

Military vehicles carry missiles with characters reading "Pukkuksong" during the military parade in North Korean marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung.

Mr Kim did not speak during the annual parade, which celebrates the 1912 birthday of his grandfather and North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung, as a nuclear-powered USA aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region.

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

American intelligence officials have reportedly said the United States is ready to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea if it is sure Pyongyang is about to stage another nuclear weapons test.

There is much hand-wringing over the potential of North Korean nuclear missiles ["U.S. sends Navy strike group toward the Korean Peninsula", news, April 10].

The solid-fueled missiles can be deployed faster and hidden more easily than liquid fueled missiles and their large size may indicate longer range.

The weekend is just getting underway in the USA, but already I have to say it was a good day.

Military vehicles carrying submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also shown off in Kim Il-sung Square. China's customs department issued an order on April 7 telling traders to return North Korean coal cargoes, trading sources said.

One of Kim's top officials, Choe Ryong Hae, today vowed North Korea would "beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice".

North Korea is working to develop a nuclear missile that can strike the United States.

North Korean soldiers are facing the death penalty after spreading a joke comparing Kim Jong-un to a kindergartner.

The Pentagon and South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it wasn't immediately clear what type of missile was involved.

The U.S. Pacific Command said the missile "blew up nearly immediately", adding the type of missile was being analysed. The parade was in celebration of the 105th birthday of the regime's founder and former leader Kim Il-sung.

"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack", said Choe, considered by outside analysts to be North Korea's No. 2 official.

"It's in their interest to see North and South Korea reunited in a sensible way, that would end the North Korean nuclear weapons program and in my view that's the only way it's going to happen", he said.

The isolated dictatorship's state-run TV showed what appeared to be several KN-08 and KN-14 missiles rolled out on trucks at the parade. During his New Year's address, Kim said the country's preparations for an ICBM launch had "reached the final stage".

Pyongyang conducted two unauthorized nuclear test explosions last year and almost two dozen rocket launches in a years-long push to expand its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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