North Korea officials state that they are “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks”.
This statements come as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung for which a huge parade in Pyongyang was held amid speculation current leader Kim Jong-un could order a new nuclear test.
For the duration of the parade there was a presentation what appeared to be new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
Choe Ryong-hae, who is believed to be the country’s second most powerful official said: “We’re prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war.”
Big parade of soldiers marched through Pyongyang’s main Kim Il-sung square for the “Day of the Sun” celebrations, as a black-suited Kim Jong-un watched on.
He saluted an honour guard and took his place on the podium. At times he appeared relaxed and laughed with aides.
As the thousands upon thousands of soldiers past, in a highly choreographed display of loyalty and unity, you could literally feel the ground shake beneath your feet.
After the infantry passed, into view behind them, came the heavy weaponry. It included the components of the regime’s fledgling nuclear weapons program, the giant missiles on mobile launchers, their engines growling and competing with the sound of the music and the marching feet.
The parade was additionally decorated with military planes creating the number 105 in the sky.
During this display of power on display for the first time were what appeared to be the Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), which have a range of more than 1,000 km (600 miles). Also there appeared to be two new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in canister launchers, but it remains unclear whether they have been tested and Pyongyang has yet to announce it has an operational ICBM.
The nation’s aim is to be able to put a nuclear warhead on an ICBM that can reach targets around the world. Until now it has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in pursuit of that goal.
North Korea has additionally claimed to have miniaturized nuclear warheads for use on missiles, though experts have cast doubt on that given the lack of evidence.
The last military parade made clear how vital the state’s nuclear programme is to its future ambitions. Pyongyang continues to ignore growing pressure from the US to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that “conflict could break out at any moment”, adding that if war occurred there could be no winner and unlike at previous Pyongyang parades there did not appear to be any Chinese representatives present.
The status of USA is as follows:”If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.” The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and an accompanying battle group have also been sent to the Korean peninsula.
Mr. Trump said: “We are sending an armada. Very powerful”, he said of Kim Jong-un. “He’s making a big mistake.”
Just few days ago, US president has recently demonstrated his willingness to resort to military methods. He ordered a cruise missile attack on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack, and the US military just used a huge bomb against so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan.