Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

North Korea parades around a bunch of dicks for founder's birthday celebration

Sunday's missile launch was a calculated move, the China Daily newspaper said in an editorial. The reason is that in the five years since he's been at the helm, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has accelerated his father's nuclear and missile program and appears to be rushing to fix a nuclear warhead onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. A North Korean missile exploded during la.

"North Korea made sure that the world saw that they are working on ICBMs and what we saw at the military parade was a prototype ICBM that will become the real deal after the necessary tests in the future", Cheong Seong-Chang, a senior fellow at The Sejong Institute in South Korea, told NBC News.

It concluded by vowing that Beijing would not tolerate a US military push towards the Yalu River.

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E). North Korean schoolgirls perform at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

"All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country", he told reporters as tinny propaganda music floated across from the North Korean side.

However, a USA foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence sought to defuse some of the tension, saying Sunday's test of what was believed to be a medium-range missile had come as no surprise.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Han's remarks on the North's readiness to conduct a nuclear test and even go to war reveal the "true colors of North Korea's government that is bellicose and a breaker of regulations". He will also aim to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the USA will take appropriate steps to defend them against North Korean aggression.

What happens if North Korea tests a nuclear weapon the day before Pence arrives in Seoul, as some expect? That decision of the United States administration caused serious concerns of the North Korean leadership, which does not exclude the possibility of a missile strike by the US.

The failed launch will sting in Pyongyang because it came a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year- celebrations of the 105th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. Trump said on Twitter.

While Trump has employed tough rhetoric in response to North Korea's recent missile tests, the new USA president's options appear limited in dealing with a challenge that has vexed his Oval Office predecessors. "The president has no further comment".

"We are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks", he said.

The extended-range Scud missile in that earlier launch suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to US imagery and assessments.

As for the Trump administration's policy, the USA officials emphasized that no engagement of North Korea is currently taking place, and that the focus now was on pressure.

The South Korean military said it is closely monitoring any development from across the border, assessing the North is capable of detonating a device at the northern or southern portals of the Punggye-ri nuclear complex.

"We urge all parties to refrain from inflammatory or threatening statements or deeds to prevent irreversible damage to the situation on the Korean Peninsula", said Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, according to state news agency Xinhua. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has been diverted back to the waters off Korea after heading for Australia, and USA satellite imagery suggests the North could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

Secretary of state Rex Tillerson looked to put Pyongyang on notice during a trip to Asia last month, saying, "The policy of strategic patience has ended". The country launched a long-range rocket and conducted the two nuclear tests a year ago, including its most powerful to date.

China is North Korea's lone major ally but has spoken out against its missile and nuclear tests and has supported United Nations sanctions.

The parade is inspected by the leader of the North Korea Kim Jong-un who is also the supreme commander in chief.

But indication from State Department Officials suggest that the White House were preparing for a scenario where help from China was unlikely. While eating "the most lovely piece of chocolate cake", with Xi on the evening of April 6, Trump told the Chinese president that he had ordered US forces to fire missiles at a Syrian airbase, following the poison gas attack on Syrian civilians apparently by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad.

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

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