As thousands of soldiers mass at Kim Il-sung square, Pyongyang tells US to purpose its dangerous military hysteria
North Korea has begun a vast military procession to celebrate birth certificates of its founding father, Kim Il-sung, and warned that it was prepared to take the most severe action unless the US ended members of the military hysteria, as supposition develops that the regime is preparing to conduct a nuclear test.
On a sunny morning in the capital, Pyongyang, military vehicles and tens of thousands of soldiers filled Kim Il-sung square as a band played rouse military music, international instruments falling silent for curses of loyalty to the countrys leader, Kim Jong-un.
Dressed in his trademark black suit and flanked by senior military members and Workers party officials, Kim applauded and occasionally smiled as he watched the tributes to his granddad, who was born 105 years ago today.
But the Day of the Sun was clouded in uncertainty as the world waited to see if Kim Jong-un, the countrys third-generation ruler, would elicit a potential regional crisis with what would be North Koreas sixth nuclear exam in only over a decade, or a test launching of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
As the USS aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and its strike group sailed towards the peninsula in a show of army, North Koreas official KCNA news agency, quoting a spokesperson for the General Staff of the Korean Peoples Army, warned of merciless reprisal against any US provocation.
Donald Trumps decision to send an armada of warships to seas off the tense peninsula, coupled with recent US strikes in Syria and Afghanistan, were proof that Washington had chosen the path of open menace and blackmail, KCNA said.
Our toughest counteraction against the US and its vassal forces-out will be taken in such a merciless style as not to allow the aggressors to survive, it added.
It said here Trump administrations serious military hysteria has reached a dangerous stage that they are able no longer be overlooked.
It added: Under the prevailing grave situation, the United States has to come to its senses and make a proper alternative for the solution of the problem.
Choe Ryong-hae, a high-ranking party official, earlier told crowds North Korea was ready for war. We will respond[ to a US attack] with an all-out war … and nuclear onslaughts with nuclear strikes, Choe said in a speech, according to Yonhap.
As the procession unfolded in Pyongyang, Chinas state-run media warned that the US president was mistaken if he believed that piling military pressure on North Korea would resolve the regimes nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.
The Global Times mentioned Trumps decision to drop the mother of all bombs on Afghanistan was clearly a new gimmick in US military deterrence designed to intimidate Kim Jong-un.
North Korea must have seemed the shock wave travelling all the way from Afghanistan, the Communist party-controlled newspaper said in an editorial.
However, the Global Times, which sometimes indicates government positions, said the use of such a vicious weapon was in fact likely to construct Pyongyang even more determined to upgrade its own arsenal.[ Trump] has demonstrated a certain level of obsession and pride toward US military prowess, it mentioned, adding, that the US president may go down in history as the war president.
As North Koreas simply ally and biggest trading partner, China has come under unprecedented pressure in recent periods to use its influence to persuade Kim not to risk conflict with a nuclear exam or ballistic missile launch.
On Friday, China again called for talks to defuse the crisis. We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or activities, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, told reporters in Beijing.
Speaking to Russias foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on Friday night, Wang mentioned steps were needed to prevent war and chaos on the Korean peninsula.
US officials have said the policy of strategic patience pursued by the Obama administration has ended, after years of diplomatic pressure and international sanctions failed to slow North Koreas progress towards developing nuclear missiles capable of striking the US mainland a milestone some experts believe is only years away.
In echoes of the bellicose rhetoric that reverberated around the Korean peninsula during its last major crisis in the spring of 2013, KCNA mentioned North Korea would respond in kind to any perceived US military provocation.
Referring to the country by its official name, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, it advised: The legion and people of the DPRK will as ever courageously counter those who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always mercilessly ravage all provoking alternatives of the US with Korean-style toughest counteraction.