North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade

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Recently North Korea condemned the US strike on a Syrian airfield as "an unforgivable act of aggression" and justified its nuclear weapons developments as "the right choice a million times over" because of it.

A USA military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said the United States doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

"Actually what our objectives should be and what we need to do is explain to China that it's in their interest (to see North Korean regime collapse), despite years of policy to the contrary".

"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", a spokesperson for North Korea's military said ahead of the parade, according to the state-run KCNA news agency. The communist country has been regularly conducting nuclear and missile tests defying United Nations' resolutions and sanctions.

A US military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said the United States doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch. USA satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

He has repeatedly said that if China, North Korea's dominant trading partner, isn't willing to do more to squeeze the North, then the USA might take the matter into its own hands.

"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of nuclear attack", Choe Ryong Hae, a top North Korean officer, said.

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The White House believes that Sunday's test involved a medium-range ballistic missile that failed within 4-5 seconds after launch, and that it did not involve an intercontinental ballistic missile, the foreign policy adviser said. The secretive state also showed off a submarine-launched missile that it successfully fired previous year.

A South Korean defense official said the action took place in Sinpo, a port city in eastern North Korea. Last weekend, the USA sent aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to nearby waters as heated words ratcheted up.

Washington and Seoul will try hard to figure out what exactly North Korea fired.

Kim has overseen three nuclear tests and a string of missile and rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.

With the US Navy deployed near the Korean Peninsula, and experts speculating that Pyongyang was preparing another nuclear test, the tensions have been rising in recent days. That launch came shortly before Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. That was the site of a ballistic missile test earlier this month in which the projectile fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

Despite Sunday's failure, the North's previous claim to have used "standardized" warheads has led to worries that it was making headway in its push to develop small and sophisticated warheads to be topped on long-range missiles. The United States, South Korea and other countries have vowed to apply more pressure on the North, but so far nothing has worked to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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