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

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2017

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 14, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the "Dropping and Target-striking Contest of KPA Special Operation Forces - 2017" at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

The failed missile came the day after Pyongyang publicly showcased its ballistic arsenal at a giant military parade.

North Korean soldiers also rolled out what appeared to be another large rocket covered by a canister.

The reclusive communist nation rolled out new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICMBs) and other military hardware in a huge parade Saturday marking the 105-year anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder.

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

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 rolled out big canisters that were the size of intercontinental missiles, but it was impossible to tell what was inside the canisters.

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.

"All the brigandish provocative moves of the USA in the political, economic and military fields pursuant to its hostile policy toward the DPRK will thoroughly be foiled through the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK", KCNA said, citing a spokesman for the general staff of the Korean People's Army.

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Adding to Chinese unease, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "the problem of North Korea" would be "taken care of".

Moreover, the North has taken the recent deployment of a USA naval strike group to the region as grounds for its continued testing of nuclear and missile weapons technologies.

The U.S.is weighing several military options for responding to North Korean provocation.

A North Korean foreign minister vowed the isolationist country "will go to war" if the US provokes it, as the world watched to see if dictator Kim Jong Un will launch another provocative nuclear test today to commemorate his grandfather's birthday.

He then walked up to a podium and clapped with senior government officials to address the thousands of soldiers and a massive crowd taking part in the parade in capital Pyongyang.

For outside military analysts, though, the highlight is the weaponry that the North puts on display.

New weapons are normally unveiled at these occasions, and today a submarine-launched ballistic missile has been shown for the first time, likely to be the same model as the SLBM that was successfully test-fired in August previous year.

North Korea has begun a vast military parade to celebrate the birth of its founding father, Kim Il-sung, and warned that it was prepared to take the "toughest" action unless the United States ended its "military hysteria", The Guardian reports.

"Military analysts paid close attention to two new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the backs of trucks - none of which had been displayed before".

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