Trump 'creating a war situation' says North Korean official at enormous parade

Frederick Owens
April 20, 2017

Leader Kim Jong Un was shown clapping and smiling from a reviewing box.

North Korean soldiers look south at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) 34 miles north of Seoul in December 2, 2011.

North Koreans offer flowers in front of a mural of late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Tensions in the region have surged to fresh heights in recent days with speculation mounting that the North is preparing a sixth nuclear test.

This image captured from footage of North Korea's state-run broadcaster on April 15, 2012, shows North Korea holding a military parade at a plaza in Pyongyang on the 100th birthday of late founder Kim Il-sung.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said North Korea's willingness to go to war reveals the "true colors of North Korea's government that is bellicose and a breaker of regulations".

North Korea launched a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests previous year, including its most powerful to date, and there have been a slew of shorter range missile firings. The General Staff of the Korean People's Army promised to take the most decisive measures in response to provocative actions by the U.S. and its allies.

China - the North's sole major ally and economic lifeline - on Friday warned that war over North Korea could break out "at any moment".

A military clash on the Korean Peninsula would have disastrous consequences not only for North and South Korea but also for all neighboring countries.

Despite continued talks with China, Japan and South Korea, indications from Washington are that the United States are prepared to take unilateral action if North Korea continues its provocation.

The missile launches have led to heightened tension on the Korean peninsula and strained relations between the US and North Korea.

The elaborate display of the state's vast power involves tens of thousands of participants, from goose-stepping soldiers to crowds of civilians who have spent weeks perfecting their ability to wave plastic flowers in unison.

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But it is also meant to send an unmistakable message to Washington, Seoul, Tokyo and other capitals about the isolated, nuclear-armed North s military might.

Then came the tanks, rockets and missiles, including what appeared to be several types of never-before-seen long-range missiles.

DPRK has promised to give a fit reply to any provocation by the United States, saying it is capable of hitting targets on USA soil.

The response came with the grand bluster normally included in statements by North Korea, bluster like "nuclear justice".

"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".

The Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) were also on parade.

The White House believes that Sunday's test involved a medium-range ballistic missile that failed within 4-5 seconds after launch, and that it did not involve an intercontinental ballistic missile, the adviser said.

Monday, hundreds of members of the Korean People's Army (KPA) crowded the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay tribute to past leaders and vow loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to state media Rodong Sinmun. The country under his watch has been aggressively pursuing a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says that North Korea has attempted to launch a missile from an eastern coastal city, but the launch appeared to end in failure.

"The activity during the past six weeks is suggestive of the final preparations for a test", 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez told CNN.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two a year ago.

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