Trump strategy on N.Korea: 'Maximum pressure and engagement'

Nick Mcbride
April 15, 2017

Under the clear sky and to the sound of the military band, dozens of military vehicles and an entire army of soldiers passed through the country's biggest square named in honor of Kim Il-sung, whose 105th birthday is being celebrated on Saturday.

North Korea vowed a "merciless" response to any United States provocation.

North Korea warned the United States on Saturday to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation as a US aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father.

The sharp language came after US President Donald Trump said the North Korea problem "will be taken care of", as speculation mounts the reclusive state could be preparing another nuclear or missile test, AFP reported.

Wang's comments come after the United States Navy deployed a carrier group in the region and expressed concerns over North Korea's nuclear power. United States media claimed that President Donald Trump may order a strike against North Korea in case Pyongyang decides to carry out another nuclear weapon test.

Earlier on Friday China's foreign minister said a conflict over North Korea could break out "at any moment".

In 2006, Kim Jong Il, the current leader's father, conducted the country's first nuclear test.

In a live broadcast, a newsreader from North Korea's state-run television service called the new military hardware the country's "modernized strategic missiles".

The administration's emphasis, the officials said, will be on increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea's dominant trade and military partner.

Its National Security Council has discussed how to evacuate the roughly 60,000 Japanese nationals living in South Korea and how to deal with a potential influx of North Koreans, according to multiple local reports.

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The parade also included large rockets covered by canisters in two different types of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs.

In the 1950s, the Korean War, which split North from South, put the fear of God in Kim Il Sung.

North Korea's belligerence might force the issue, on both Chinese economic sanctions and China's willingness to indulge Pyongyang's missile program.

While Trump has put North Korea on notice that he will not tolerate any more provocation, US officials have said his administration is focusing its strategy on tougher economic sanctions.

Washington swiftly dismissed the idea, but some observers have said administration officials may be becoming more amenable to renewed dialogue with the North.

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.

"However, North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them", Hanham said. North Korea's nuclear tests are conducted underground, and there is no obvious target that wouldn't have the risk of nuclear fallout.

"The army 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 provocative options of the USA with Korean-style toughest counteraction". During his New Year's address, Kim said the country's preparations for an ICBM launch had "reached the final stage".

Kim and Trump have continued to clash heads over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, as the dictator continues to taunt America with missile tests.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula deteriorated again at the beginning of a year ago when Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test and later launched a ballistic missile with an artificial Earth satellite.

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