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North Korea Shows Off Missiles During Military Parade

North Korea Shows Off Missiles During Military Parade

"China is ready to coordinate closely with Russia to help cool down as quickly as possible the situation on the peninsula and encourage the parties concerned to resume dialogue", Wang told Lavrov, referring to the stalled six-party talks on the North's nuclear programme that includes Russia, China and the United States.

However, North Korea on Saturday warned that it is "prepared" to respond to any nuclear attack in kind, AFP reported.

"That is something that our headquarters decides", Han said.

The Associated Press has quoted USA officials as saying the Trump administration will focus on working with China to raise pressure on North Korea rather than stepping in with military force.

North Korea's army warned Friday it will take the "toughest" counteraction against the United States if it continues with "provocative" moves. A report emerged this week that Trump is ready to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea if officials believe Pyongyang is going to go through with a nuclear weapons test, although several outlets questioned the report.

After inspecting an honour guard, Kim, in a black suit, watched the parade pour into Kim Il-Sung Square, accompanied by top military and party leaders, state television showed in a live broadcast, according to AFP.

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

North Korea showed off what appeared to be three long-range missiles, at least one apparently new.

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

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The parade also included large rockets covered by canisters in two different types of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs.

Recently the USA began installing a missile defense system in South Korea that has produced protests from China, which sees North Korea as a useful buffer between it and US ally South Korea. North Korea recently launched a ballistic missile and could conduct another test soon. The secretive state also showed off a submarine-launched missile that it successfully fired previous year.

In his annual New Year's address, Kim said that North Korea's preparations for an ICBM launch have "reached the final stage".

The event also paraded what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

However, experts were still analysing features of this new projectile, which could yet turn out to be just a model, as North Korea is known to present mock-ups of missiles that are still under development. Under his watch, North Korea has aggressively pursued a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the USA mainland.

The country's biggest national holiday called the "Day of the Sun" came amid growing speculation that Pyongyang could conduct its sixth nuclear test.

But as speculation mounts that Pyongyang is poised for a "big event", a United States aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region.

This year, however, the holiday also showcased what appeared to be long-range and submarine-based missiles: weapons the country has always been warned against possessing.


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