SEOUL: North Korea put its military might on display during a parade in the capital city of Pyongyang on Saturday, marking the 105th birth anniversary of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung who died in 1994, grandfather of Kim Jong Un.
State television showed the musical performance was followed by computer graphics of test-firing of a series of new and technologically advanced missiles.
The clip filmed also showed a mock video of missile shooting into sky and passing over the Pacific and devastating the United States.
The video footage ends with a picture of burning American flag.
Saturday’s military parade was staged amid soaring tensions with the United States.
North Korea saw the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moammar Gadhafi in Libya neither of whom had nuclear weapons as proof of the weapons’ power.
“It will be the largest of miscalculations if the United States treats us like Iraq and Libya, which are living out miserable fates as victims of aggression, and Syria, which didn’t respond immediately even after it was attacked,” said a statement yesterday by the general staff of the North Korean army, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
Also, North Korea’s vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that Trump’s tweets he recently tweeted, for example, that the North is “looking for trouble” have inflamed tensions.
“Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words,” Han Song Ryol said.
US retaliatory strikes earlier this month against Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians, coupled with Trump’s dispatching of what he called an “armada” of ships to the region, touched off fears in South Korea that the United States was preparing for military action against the North.
With agencies input