NORTH KOREA DISPLAYS SUBMARINE-LAUNCHED BALLISTIC MISSILE AT MILITARY PARADE
April 15, 2017 | Uhuruspirit
Kim Jong Un (R), supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), waves as he reviews the grand celebrations marking the 105th birth anniversary of DPRK founder Kim Il Sung in central Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. DPRK on Saturday showcased its military muscles by parading all of its most advanced ballistic and tactic missiles, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile which could strike targets 1,000 kilometers away. (Xinhua/Zhu Longchuan)
North Korea on Saturday showcased its military muscles by parading all of its most-advanced ballistic and tactic missiles, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile which could strike targets 1000 km away.
The missiles were shown during the grand celebrations marking the 105th birth anniversary of North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung, which was watched by the supreme leader Kim Jong Un from a high review stand on the west side of the Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang.
The most updated version of "Lightning" long-range land-to-air ballistic missiles, which was test-fired a year ago with a striking distance of 100 km, and a new submarine-launched Polaris missile capable of hitting targets 1,000 km away, were displayed in what is believed to be the biggest military parade in North Korean history.
Amid hails of "Ban Zai! (eternal life)" from soldiers of the Korean People's Army, Kim showed a wide smile and clapped his hands constantly while seeing the military strength of his country.
This year's celebrations of the anniversary, known as "Festival of the Sun," came amid high tensions as Washington threatened to strike the East Asian country for its nuclear and missile tests.
The Trump administration has warned that a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs is over. Vice President Mike Pence will be in South Korea on Sunday on a long-planned 10-day trip to Asia.
In a show of strength, the U.S. deployed the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to waters near the Korean Peninsula in response to recent North Korean missile tests.
North Korea has promised to give a fit reply to any provocation by the United States, saying it is capable of hitting targets on U.S. soil.
North Korea’s Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said on Friday that his country will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in “quality and quantity.”
"We will go to war if they choose," he said
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi warned both the United States and North Korea on Friday to cool their increasingly sharp statements and threats or risk "irreversible damage" — and possible war — on the Korean peninsula.
"On the Korean Peninsula issue, it is not the one who espouses harsher rhetoric or raises a bigger fist that will win," Wang said. "If war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula, multiple parties will lose and no one will win."
Hundreds of thousands of Pyongyang citizens also joined the parade in front of hundreds of foreign guests, diplomatic corps and all political and military leaders and officialdom in the three-hour ceremony.
- with Xinhua
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