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North Korea Displays New Missiles

22 April 2017

The warning came as the country celebrates the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, its founding father, and displayed what appear to be new submarine-based and long-range missiles in a huge military parade.

South Korea, which hosts 28,500 United States troops, warned of punitive action if the launch led to further provocations such as a nuclear test or a long-range missile launch.

State television showed Kim stepping out of a limousine, wearing black suit and a white shirt, and saluting his honour guard before walking down a red carpet.

Tension had escalated sharply in the region amid concerns that the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or a ballistic missile test launch timed with the April 15 anniversary it calls the "Day of the Sun".

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The Trump administration still has not ruled out military options in dealing with North Korea, according to the Times, and on Saturday, North Korean officials continued its tough talk against the United States.

Choe Ryong Hae - widely seen by analysts as North Korea's second most important official - said US President Donald Trump was guilty of "creating a war situation" by dispatching US forces to the region.

Recently North Korea condemned the USA strike on a Syrian airfield as "an unforgivable act of aggression" and justified its nuclear weapons developments as "the right choice a million times over" because of it. A carrier strike group led by USS Carl Vinson made its way toward North Korea, in addition to a WC-135 "nuke-sniffer" being deployed to neighboring Japan.

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The ICBMs would be the largest weapons the country has produced.

US Navy attack on a Syrian airfield this month with Tomahawk missiles raised questions about US President Donald Trump's plans for reclusive North Korea, which has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions, regularly threatening to destroy the South and the US. The Washington Post reported that the missile has a theoretical range of 7,500 miles, enough to reach all of the United States. It blew up nearly immediately, complicating efforts to identify the missile's size and range.

The display raised concerns that North Korea has developed intercontinental ballistic missiles that would allow the country to attack the mainland US and Europe, according to CNN.

An official from South Korea's Unification Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules, confirmed that the man was Kim Won Hong and said his appearance shows he has been reinstated from a "purge state". South Korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea, as information about the secretive, authoritarian state is often impossible to confirm.

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The development comes days after the U.S. dispatched what Trump referred to as an "armada" of warships in a show of force into waters off the Korean peninsula amid concerns that Pyongyang was preparing another round of nuclear or missile tests. The North also previous year launched a long-range rocket that put a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology.

North Korea Displays New Missiles