North Korea flaunts long-range missiles in birthday parade

In a test launch in August past year, the missile flew 500 kilometers (310 miles) after being launched from a submarine and crashed into waters near Japan, prompting Kim Jong Un to declare that North Korea had gained "perfect nuclear-attack capability".

Kim Jong Un has overseen three nuclear tests and a string of missile and rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011. Expectations are high the North may put its newest missiles on display during Saturday's parade.

North Korea has a history of marking significant dates with shows of military capability, and it was its ICBMs that were most notable on the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung.

(KRT via AP). In this image made from video broadcast by North Korean broadcaster KRT, soldiers take part in a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Single-engine propeller-powered planes flew in a 105 formation overhead.

China seeks Russian Federation aid to "cool" situation China is seeking Russia's help to cool surging tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the country's foreign minister has told his Moscow counterpart, after Beijing warned of possible conflict over North Korea.

As hostilities in the region surge Trump has sent an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula to press his point, while the North has launched a flurry of rockets.

"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack", said Choe, widely seen by analysts as North Korea's No. 2 official.

A North Korean missile exploded during launch on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said. But if the parade signalled a readiness for war, North Korea has long insisted that its goal is peace and survival with the growing arsenal a way to ensure that the government in Pyongyang is not easily overthrown.

US satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

"If the enemies want to wage war with our leaders, we have nothing to fear because we will win", said Jon Myon Sop, who works at a bus station.

Also Friday, North Korea's vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that Trump's tweets - he recently tweeted, for example, that the North is "looking for trouble" - have inflamed tensions.

"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words", Han said. A US aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, is heading to waters off Korea in a show of force.

Pyongyang has also expressed anger over the ongoing annual spring military exercises the USA holds with South Korea, which it considers a rehearsal for invasion. He has repeatedly said if China, North Korea's dominant trading partner, is unwilling to do more to pressure the North, the US might take the matter into its own hands.

North Korea has warned the USA not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks". Cheering crowds, thousands of soldiers and a lot of very large weapons on display.

"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".

North Korea, still technically at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce but not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan.

"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".

The official, who wasn't authorized to be quoted by name and demanded anonymity, lamented Pyongyang's "far too common and far too dangerous" provocations, and said Washington would work with worldwide partners to cut the North's government off "from the rest of the world".

Vanessa Coleman

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