North Korea starts celebrating birthday of country's founder

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 17, 2017

North Korea displayed new military hardware, including a so-called 'frankenmissile, ' at an annual parade on Saturday.

A senior North Korean government official says the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at an vast parade celebrating the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. Washington has been concerned by North Korea's nuclear tests, which Pyongyang believes act as deterrence against a potential invasion by the US or South Korea. An worldwide consensus that includes China has now emerged that North Korea's "threatening behavior" can not go on, the United States national security adviser said today.

Pang Zhongying of the School of International Studies at Beijing's Renmin University agreed that military action was unlikely, but said another North Korean nuclear test would mark "the crossing of a red line" that China was prepared to respond to.

The US cruise missile strike on Syria vindicated its stance, it said last weekend.

Military analysts say the missiles could one day be capable of hitting targets as far as the continental United States, although the North has yet to flight test them.

"North Korea is a liability to everybody and it's a threat not just to the United States, not just to South Korea, not just to Japan, not just to Russian Federation, but it's actually a threat to China as well", McFarland said Sunday on "Fox News Sunday". Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who commanded US forces in Korea, wanted to attack the North with a nuclear weapon.

In response to Trump's tough talk and the show of force from the US military, a North Korean spokesman warned the President about the consequences of the military's actions.

There's also anger in Pyongyang over the annual spring military exercises that the USA holds with South Korea.

A top White House foreign policy advisor on Sunday became the latest Trump official to warn that while diplomatic pressure was preferable, U.S. military action is very much on the table.

Tensions have spiked amid fears in the West that North Korea is preparing for another round of nuclear or missile tests. And as you said, a military parade it taking place in Pyongyang, in honor for the former leader.

Pictures on state television showed thousands of soldiers marching in formation alongside tanks, balloons and enormous crowds.

He noted to the soldiers that his late father, Edward, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star on April 15, 1953 - 64 years to the day of the vice president's departure for South Korea.

North Korean men and women wave flags and plastic flowers as a float with model missiles and rockets with words that read "For Peace and Stability in the World" is paraded.

"Ryomyong Street is an accomplishment that the North wants to promote on the economic front", an official at Seoul's unification ministry, told South Korean Yonhap news.

"They also have a missile capability that they are building and it is a significant growth", he said, noting that the North Koreans have multiple missile systems, some of which with ranges that extend all the way to the outskirts of Alaska.

Speaking after North Korea's latest - and apparently failed - missile test, H.R. McMaster said, "I think there's an worldwide consensus now, including - including the Chinese and the Chinese leadership - that this is a situation that just can't continue". Neither military knew what kind of missile was sacked.

The vice president reiterated Monday that "all options are on the table" to deal with the threat posed by North Korea.

Weapons analysts said they believe some of the missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, including a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from a submarine, which would make it hard to detect.

"We don't think about other things, we just live in our belief that we will win as long as our Supreme Leader is with us", Ho said, referring to Kim Jong Un. Kim's regime has test-fired several ballistic missiles this year in his quest to develop a device that can carry a nuclear warhead to North America. Successive US presidents have struggled to contain three successive dictators, and to break a cycle that has been defined by sanctions, sanctions relief, and unsettling actions including missile tests and nuclear weapons development. McCain noted that the North has "made steady progress while we have made agreement after agreement after agreement" in the past two decades, no mater whether a Republican or Democrat was in the White House.

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