Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

The North Korean military has reportedly displayed new types of ballistic missiles in a Saturday parade marking the 105th birthday of its late founder Kim Il-Sung.

As North Korea's only ally, China has come under unprecedented pressure in recent days to use its influence to persuade Kim not to risk conflict with a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch.

Tension had escalated sharply in the region amid concerns that the North may conduct a sixth nuclear test or a ballistic missile test launch around Saturday's birth anniversary of founding father Kim Il Sung that it calls the "Day of the Sun".

And on the same day, a top North Korean official offered a warning to the USA, accusing President Trump of "creating a war situation".

North Korea attempted to launch a missile that is believed to have failed, the U.S. Pacific Command confirmed on Saturday.

USA retaliatory strikes earlier this month against Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians, coupled with Trump's dispatching of what he called an "armada" of ships to the region, touched off fears in South Korea that the United States was preparing for military action against the North. What matters is that North Korea is now developing ICBM's.

"Look, we've tried for 25 years across Republican and Democratic administrations to persuade the North Koreans to give up their quest for nuclear weapons".

However, he said the collapse of the North Korean regime was in China's best interests.

Outside analysts say the country has not mastered the ability build warheads small enough to mount on long-range missiles, although some say the country can build nuclear-tipped short-range missiles that could have South Korea and Japan within striking distance, the AP says.

One of Kim's top officials warned that North Korea would stand up to any threat posed by the United States.

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"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.

Neither was able to determine immediately what kind of missile was being tested.

Kim Jong Un, wearing a suit and tie, was greeted with thunderous applause, but did not speak during the parade.

The US, which has moved an aircraft carrier and several other warships towards the Korean peninsula, has previously warned its policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over.

It was also a bold display for enemies such as the United States.

"We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and we are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks", Choe said.

The attempt followed Trump's vow, as The Associated Press reported, that Kim Jong Un's government is a "problem" that will be "taken care of".

Pyongyang has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them previous year, and analysis of satellite imagery suggests it could be preparing for a sixth.

China is North Korea's lone major ally but has spoken out against its missile and nuclear tests and has supported United Nations sanctions.

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