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China seeks Russia's help to 'cool' North Korea situation

China seeks Russia's help to 'cool' North Korea situation

North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles on Saturday in a massive military display in central Pyongyang, amid rising tensions across the region.

Kim, wearing a Western-style suit at Kim Il-sung Square, saluted formations of soldiers who yelled out "long live" to celebrate the 105th anniversary of his grandfather's birth. This year Kim Jong Un indicated that his nation is in the final testing phase of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially hit the US mainland.

The range of new hardware on display came as a bit of a surprise, and it's been interpreted as a show of force to the U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken an aggressive tone against Pyongyang.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and an accompanying battle group have also been sent to the Korean peninsula.

North Korea responded by warning of a "merciless retaliatory strike" if the US acts first.

But, according to AFP, Choe Ryong-Hae, an aide of Kim Jong Un's, said that North Korea could "beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice", adding that the North was "prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war".

Trump tweeted about North Korea on Thursday.

Following the Syrian strike, North Korea's KCNA news agency said the Trump administration, "has entered the path of open threat and blackmail".

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

US officials admit the situation is tricky.

Pence is due in Seoul at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia in what his aides said was a sign of the USA commitment to its ally in the face of rising tension.

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.

In response to the Day of the Sun parade, analysts expressed alarm at the size of the North Korean arsenal, and Kim Jong-un's ongoing push to achieve the country's professed goal of building a nuclear-armed missile.

China on Friday warned North Korea, its ally, and the United States to de-escalate tensions before the situation in the peninsula reached "an irreversible and unmanageable stage". His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the USA would rely on its allies as well as on Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea. There had been concern North Korea might decide to mark the occasion with a nuclear or missile test, but it never materialized.

Kim Jong Un 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. The country conducted two nuclear tests a year ago.

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.


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