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North Korea displays new missiles in military parade

In this image made from video provided by North Korean broadcaster KRT missiles are displayed during a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang Saturday North Korea displays new missiles in military parade
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 06:37

He was the grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong Un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over the massive parade in the capital of Pyongyang.

In recent days, North Koreans have been seen practicing choreographed dance routines in brightly colored national dress.

(KRT via AP). In this image made from video provided by North Korean broadcaster KRT, missiles are displayed during a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

North Korea is not believed to have an intercontinental missile capable to hitting the us with a nuclear weapon, but the Korean People's Army is more than a million strong with some 600,000 reserves and dwarfs that of South Korea, which is half the size.

The U.S. Navy sent the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson strike group to the Korean Peninsula region last week.

North Korea showed two new kinds of ICBM enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the back of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs.

Tensions have spiked amid fears in the West that North Korea is preparing for another round of nuclear or missile tests.

The North has reiterated its constant refrain that it is ready for "war" with the US. As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, the voices of Koreans North and South seem a world apart. 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.

"I don't think a strategy that relies on pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons is going to work", he told Fox News.

Vice Foreign Minister Ryol added that the Trump administration is "more vicious and more aggressive" than President Obama's.

The brinkmanship of the USA and North Korea, which appear to be engaged in a battle of nerves, is tantamount to taking hostage the entire populations of North and South Korea.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday morning from near its submarine base in Sinpo on its east coast, but the launch failed, according to USA and South Korean military officials.

"Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was so fascinated by his personality as to say that Kim Il Sung is greater than that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln put together, eulogizing him as the great sun god of human destiny." it said.

A USA military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said the United States doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch. The parade went on for more than two hours as thousands of North Korean soldiers marched in lockstep through the city's main square.

North Korea has another big military holiday on April 25, when its army marks its anniversary. He arrived in South Korea shortly after a failed missile launch by the North that surrounded the birth anniversary of North Korea's late founder. An official from South Korea's Defence Ministry could not immediately confirm whether any of them represented a new type of ICBM.

"North Korea is a problem".

The solid-fueled missiles can be deployed faster and hidden more easily than liquid fueled missiles and their large size may indicate longer range.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that Sunday's missile exploded on launch.

In a live broadcast, a newsreader from North Korea's state-run television service called the new military hardware the country's "modernized strategic missiles".

Han dismissed the suggestion Trump made a year ago during his presidential campaign that he was willing to meet Kim Jong Un, possibly over hamburgers. Under his watch, North Korea has aggressively pursued a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States.