N Korea displays vast military parade, warns USA amid nuclear test fears

Last weekend, the US sent aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to nearby waters as heated words ratcheted up.

The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty and Pyongyang says that it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against a possible United States invasion.

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.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told a state news agency that "storm clouds" are "gathering" on the Korean Peninsula with all parties standing with "swords drawn and bows bent".

A White House foreign policy adviser said yesterday that the USA is assessing military options in response to North Korea's weapons programme.

However, Han committed to North Korea's response should the US retaliate. (English - ) "This was basically throwing the gauntlet down to the westThey're saying we've got this new missile and it's much bigger and it's likely got much more capability that we thought the KN-8 and 14 had".

China's state-run media warned that the US President was mistaken if he believed that piling military pressure on North Korea would resolve the regime's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Concern has grown since the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack.

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Kim, wearing a suit and tie, was greeted Saturday with thunderous - and extensively practiced - applause as he stepped into view on a large podium, clapping to acknowledge the thousands of soldiers and civilians taking part in the parade at Kim Il Sung Square.

North Korean state media warned that such "reckless acts of aggression" would be countered with "whatever methods the U.S. wants to take". North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests since 2006.

Donald Trump recently tweeted that "the problem of North Korea" would be "taken care of".

"If they attempt a full-scale war, we will respond with a full-scale war", Choe Ryong Hae, a senior official in the ruling Workers' Party and a key aide to Kim, said in a speech before the parade, the Times reported.

In one particularly ominous statement, he said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that's what Trump wants.

Against all conventional wisdom, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un insists on poking the hornet's nest. Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies said he was looking out for "the possibility of a new ICBM", adding: "There may be some surprises".

Speaking to the Associated Press in an interview Friday, North Korea's vice foreign minister said that any sign of "reckless" military aggression on the part of the USA could lead Pyongyang to launch a preemptive strike of its own.

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