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North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

Ostensibly Saturday's event was to mark the 105th anniversary of Kim Il-sung's birth - a date known as the Day of the Sun in the North - and a squadron of planes flew overhead forming the number.

Kim Jong Un, a 30-something leader who took power in late 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defence strategy.

North Korea presented two of its newest model missiles at the parade in Kim Il Sung Square on Saturday, including the submarine-launched ballistic type it successfully fired previous year and the land-based version it launched last month.

"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.

Choe Ryong-hae said Mr Trump was guilty of "creating a war situation" on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching American forces to the region. He arrived in South Korea shortly after a failed missile launch by the North that surrounded the birth anniversary of North Korea's late founder. The North views the strike as telegraphing what the Trump administration's plans are for its regime.

Military vehicles carrying submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also shown off in Kim Il-sung Square.

North Korea responded by warning of a "merciless retaliatory strike" if the US acts first.

A USA military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said Washington has no intention of using military force against Pyongyang in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

If you're still suffering from possible war anxiety, another sign to watch for is whether Vice President Mike Pence travels to Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday as part of a previously scheduled tour of Asia.

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The official said that had it been a nuclear test, "other actions would have been taken by the U.S".

According to AP, "The parade, an elaborate display of the state's vast power, involves tens of thousands of participants, from goose-stepping soldiers to crowds of civilians who have spent weeks perfecting their ability to wave plastic flowers in unison".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on April 15 saluted as ranks of goose-stepping soldiers followed by tanks and other military hardware paraded in Pyongyang for a show of strength with tensions mounting over his nuclear ambitions.

"North Korea must have felt the shock wave travelling all the way from Afghanistan", the Communist party-controlled newspaper said in an editorial.

China has spoken out against North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and has supported United Nations sanctions. Military analysts say the missiles could one day be capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States, although the North has yet to flight test them.

North Korea does not represent a nuclear threat.

Fears have grown since the US Navy fired Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in a unilateral decision claiming "retaliation" for an alleged chemical attack in the Arab country.

"This launch can possibly be a test for a new type of missile or an upgrade".

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