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North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade


This footage shows North Koreans celebrating the 105th anniversary of the country's late founder's birth with a massive parade Saturday.

North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday, as a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region. Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have been preparing for North Korea's most important hol.

Saturday's holiday, known as the Day of the Sun, normally includes an huge military parade and synchronized public performances, sometimes involving tens of thousands of people.

A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday from the country's east coast, US and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful USA aircraft carrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

North Korea has another big military holiday on April 25, when its army marks its anniversary.

North Korea's goal is to build a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of striking the United States.

The parade is inspected by the leader of the North Korea Kim Jong-un who is also the supreme commander in chief.

Several KN-08 missiles were rolled out on trucks at the parade.

It was the first time North Korea had shown the missiles - which have a range of more than 600 miles - at a military parade.

Other military hardware at the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery, as well as a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from submarines.


"Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was so fascinated by his personality as to say that Kim Il Sung is greater than that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln put together, eulogizing him as the great sun god of human destiny." it said.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that Sunday's missile exploded on launch.

Military specialists keep a close eye on such events for clues about developments in the North s capabilities.

The United States a few days ago dispatched what Trump called an "armada" of ships in a show of force, including an aircraft carrier, into waters off the peninsula amid fears that North Korea was preparing another round of nuclear or missile tests.

Pyongyang's rogue atomic ambitions have come into sharp focus in recent weeks, with United States President Donald Trump vowing a tough stance against the North and threatening unilateral action if China failed to help curb its neighbour's nuclear programme. "The problem will be taken care of", Trump told reporters in the White House shortly after the bombing.

The North's leader said in his New Year's message that the country has entered the final stage of preparing to launch an ICBM capable of hitting the USA mainland.

North Korea has invoked similarly dire scenarios on previous occasions when tensions on the Korean peninsula have spiked, but Beijing's warnings have fueled worldwide concerns that the current situation is reaching tipping point.

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

Other senior officials joining Kim on the parade podium included Kim Won-hong, who the South Korean government had said earlier this year was sacked from his job as state security minister, presumably over corruption. Weapons expert Markus Schiller told CNN last week the Musudan is likely North Korea's most domestically developed missile, unlike others that are based on Soviet or Chinese designs, making it a key point of pride for the regime.

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