SEOUL: North Korea displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) for the first time today ahead of a massive military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.
North Korea warned the United States today to end its “military hysteria” or face retaliation as a US aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father.
State TV showed images of the Pukkuksong-2 SLBMs on trucks waiting to be paraded in front of leader Kim Jong Un.
Concern has grown since the US Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack. That raised questions about US President Donald Trump’s plans for North Korea, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of UN and unilateral sanctions.
The North’s warning, carried by its KCNA news agency, came as leader Kim Jong Un arrived at the Kim Il Sung square, named after his grandfather, for a military parade marking the “Day of the Sun”, the birth anniversary of the state’s founding father.
Goose-stepping soldiers and marching bands filled the square, next to the Taedonggang River that flows through the city, in the hazy spring sunshine as tanks, multiple launch rocket systems and other weapons waited to parade.
North Korea, still technically at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce but not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan.
“All the brigandish provocative moves of the US 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,” KCNA said, citing a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army.
DPRK stands for the official name of North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“Our toughest counteraction against the US and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive.”
The United States has warned that a policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea is over.