North Korea has paraded its range of missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang, with ruler Kim Jong-un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its military hardware amid rising tensions across the region.
North Korea on Saturday warned the U.S. not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks".
The warning was sounded by Choe Ryong-hae, an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as the pariah state displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missiles for the first time.
US officials told The Associated Press that the administration had settled on a policy that will emphasize increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea's only major ally, instead of military options or trying to overthrow Kim's regime.
North Korean state media earlier warned the United States to end its "military hysteria" or, "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".
Kim Jong-un reviews the parade featuring new long-range missiles.
Sinpo, where the Sunday launch took place, is the site of a North Korean submarine base and where the North has tested the submarine-launched ballistic missile it is developing.
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Meanwhile, Vice President Pence is traveling to South Korea this weekend.
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. A report emerged this week that Trump is ready to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea if officials believe Pyongyang is going to go through with a nuclear weapons test, although several outlets questioned the report.
North Korea is showing off its military power in a less explosive way.
According to the Wall Street Journal, an expert on North Korean weaponry said the missiles appeared to be extremely advanced, calling the new long-range missile-a newly-modified intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with elements of two other ICBMs-a "frankenmissile".
"If China decides to help, that would be great".
He said analysts are noting who is standing beside Kim Jong-un - on his right, the country's second-highest ranking official, who heads the military, and on his left, the country's premier.
"And the president has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons".
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Despite speculation that the country would launch a nuclear test in celebration of its founder's birth on Saturday, North Korea declined to do so.