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North Korea Preparing for Major Military Parade Ahead of National Holiday

21 April 2017, 07:26 | Erica Roy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending the military parade on Saturday.

Ostensibly Saturday's event was to mark the 105th anniversary of the North's founder Kim Il-Sung's birth.

In a separate appearance on the Fox Business Network, Trump said that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was "doing the wrong thing". The suspension comes in the wake of rising tensions in the peninsula.

A stream of weapons were paraded between rows of thousands of soldiers gathered for the Day of the Sun in celebration of the birthday of the nation's late founder Kim Il-sung. There's speculation Kim Jong-un might instead take that occasion to carry out a provocation.

Unlike at previous Pyongyang parades there did not appear to be any Chinese representatives present.

Many experts believe that at its current pace of testing, North Korea could reach that potentially game-changing milestone within a few years - under Trump's watch as president. This matters because while North Korea regularly launches short-range missiles, it is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target USA troops in Asia and, eventually, the US mainland.

"We urge all sides to no longer engage in mutual provocation and threats, whether through words or deeds, and don't push the situation to the point where it can't be turned around and gets out of hand", Wang said.

"We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war", said Choe Ryong-hae, the country's second most powerful official.

"North Korea is a problem", President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday.

Vice Foreign Minister Ryol added that the Trump administration is "more vicious and more aggressive" than President Obama's.

The move, coupled with the US retaliatory strikes last week against Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians, and the depoyment of a huge bomb against IS positions in Afghanistan earlier this week, touched off fear in South Korea that the United States was preparing for military action against the North.

This year's joint war games between the US and South Korean militaries are the biggest so far.

Mike Pence, the United States vice-president, is due to arrive in South Korea on Sunday carrying a range of military options for tackling North Korea's increasing belligerence.

In response, the general staff of the North Korean armed forces threatened to launch a strike against USA military bases in Japan and South Korea, as well as the presidential residence in Seoul in case of U.S. aggression.

The failed missile came the day after Pyongyang publicly showcased its ballistic arsenal at a giant military parade.

The parade, an elaborate display of the state's huge 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.

Beijing's decision earlier this year to cut off coal imports from North Korea also are being seen as a hopeful sign.

State television showed what appeared to be several KN-08 missiles rolled out on trucks at the parade. Satellite images show activity at the North's main nuclear test site ahead of the parade, analysts say.

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