North Korea Rolls Out Missiles, Says Ready For 'Nuclear War'

20 April, 2017, 05:59 | Author: Jonathon Greene
  • Soldiers hold their weapons as they ride on a truck with rocket launcher past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 1

The attempted launch came one day after North Korea showed off new missiles at a two-hour military parade on the 105th birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of North Korea's present leader. Amid the latest saber-rattling between Washington and Pyongyang, North Korea has staged a massive parade on the 105th anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung's birthday.

North Korea saw the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moammar Gadhafi in Libya - neither of whom had nuclear weapons - as proof of the weapons' power.

Fears over the North's rogue weapons programme have soared in recent days, with a USA naval strike force deployed near the Korean peninsula, while President Donald Trump has warned the threat "will be taken care of" and Pyongyang has vowed a "merciless" response to any provocation.

"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack", Choe said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang. (English - ) "I'm also sure that the missiles are not ready yet, but it doesn't matter". And on his left, the economic policy, bringing North Korea into the modern world.

US 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.

Trump administration officials describe the situation as more unsafe than in the past, because of the progress North Korea has made in its nuclear weapon and missile programs and because of the hostility on both sides.

North Korea is ratcheting up already high tensions with a new display of military firepower, CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports.

North Korea escalated tensions with the White House Friday by vowing to "ruthlessly ravage" USA troops if President Trump decides to strike.

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

Thousands of soldiers paraded through Kim Il Sung Square, followed by several tanks.

North Korea recently test-fired four ballistic missiles and claims it's close to perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead capable of reaching the USA mainland.

He said that the North is also likely developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets paraded inside canisters on Saturday might be prototypes.

One of the debuts included the Pukkuksong-2 SLBM, a submarine-launched ballistic missile, loaded on trucks, according to Reuters.

The arsenal of weapons on display included the new ballistic missile - which is thought to have a range of around 600 miles - and what appeared to be a battery of KN-08 and KN-14 missiles, which analysts believe could reach the USA mainland.

Kim emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defense strategy.

State news agency KCNA said the Trump administration's "serious military hysteria" had reached a "dangerous phase which can no longer be overlooked". However, the vice minister of foreign affairs told Tracy that North Korea will eventually go through with that test at a time of their choosing. There weren't any nuclear tests or ballistic missile launches to mark the day.

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