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North Korea displays new missiles in military parade

North Korea displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missile and the land-based version it launched last month as well as two new intercontinental ballistic missile-sized canisters as the military paraded down Kim Il Sung Square, analysts said. In a test launch in August previous 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".

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.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 14, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the "Dropping and Target-striking Contest of KPA Special Operation Forces - 2017" at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

Another missile launch or nuclear test "can't be ruled out", he said, but the Syria strike and Washington's implied threats "may give Pyongyang some pause".

The move came amid high tensions with Washington, after US President Donald Trump threatened military action over Pyongyang's nuclear programme and with two US aircraft carrier groupssent to the peninsula.

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.

Pyongyang could use the parade as a show of strength in preference to a nuclear test, analysts said.

The North conducted two such tests past year alone. Under his watch, North Korea has aggressively pursued a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the US mainland.

Already strained relations between the United States and North Korea took a turn for the worse this week as Donald Trump took to Twitter to say the U.S. would "solve the problem" of North Korea.

Joseph Bermudez, an analyst for North Korean monitoring group 38 North, said preparations could even be seen on satellite images, which showed thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles practicing ahead of the event.

It has carried out five nuclear tests -- two of them past year -- and multiple missile launches, one of which saw several rockets come down in waters provocatively close to Japan last month.

With the men wearing pins adorned with photos of Kim Il Sung, and the women in brightly coloured traditional dress, crowds lined up to bow to portraits of their state founder before touring an exhibition of photos and North Korean paintings.

Pyongyang is already under several sets of United Nations sanctions over its atomic and ballistic missile programmes.

North Korea test-fired Musudan missiles eight times between April 15 and October 20, but succeeded only once, in a launch on June 22. Now, however, there is a new president in the United States, and North Korea's weapons programme is about to make a breakthrough. The anniversary is the country's most important holiday.

United States army M1A2 tanks conduct a joint military exercise between the USA and South Korea in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Saturday.

He said Kim Jong Un would not back down in terms of his nuclear ambitions and would keep building the country's arsenal in terms of "quality and quantity". This would allow North Korea to prevent its limited number of ICBM-capable launcher trucks from being damaged during launches and also make the missiles harder to detect after they're fired, he said. Liquid-fueled missiles can't move as easily and so tend to be sitting ducks, if the U.S. or another country made a decision to take them out.



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