Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pence makes first trip to Asia as tension mounts with North Korea

A submarine-launched ballistic missile was also on display.

Pyongyang also warned Washington on Saturday to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation as a United States aircraft carrier strike group headed towards the region.

A rocket-themed float makes its way through Kim Il-Sung square during a mass rally marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

Kim Jong Un has engaged in a war of words with President Trump amid recent missile tests.

Missiles, tanks, military vehicles and ranks and ranks of goose-stepping troops took part in a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, amid growing tensions in the region.

"If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to all-out war with all-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare", Choe was quoted by The Telegraph as saying.

"All the brigandish provocative moves of the USA in the political, economic and military fields pursuant to its hostile policy toward the DPRK will thoroughly be foiled through the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK", the KCNA state news agency said, citing a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army. It has also fired numerous missiles, including a new intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), called the Pukguksong-2.

Weapons analysts said there also appeared to be two new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in canister launchers, but it remains unclear whether they have been tested and Pyongyang has yet to announce it has an operational ICBM.

North Korea's last parade was held in October 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the WPK's founding. The country unveiled the KN-08 ICBM for the first time then. "So that's why. It's not the DPRK but the USA and Trump that makes trouble". "But it did not cross what is deemed a red line for the it apparently refrained from conducting a nuke test or an ICBM launch", said Jo Seong-ryul, a researcher at the Institute for National Security Strategy.

A statement from the military said: "In actuality, the Donald Trump administration, which made a surprise cruise guided missile strike at Syria on April 6, has entered the path of open threat and blackmail against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, describing it as "a strong warning message" to it".

Since inheriting power from his father Kim Jong-il in late 2011, Kim Jong-un has strengthened his power with a reign of terror.

A gaunt-looking Kim appeared wearing the badge of a general on his suit in an indication that he may have been reinstated. The apparently new long-range and submarine-based missiles were the stars of the military parade that marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of the country's current leader Kim Jong-un.

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