Pyongyang, April 15: North Korea warned the United States on Saturday to end its military hysteria or face revenge. US aircraft carrier group steamed toward the region amid fears the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test. North Korea paraded tanks, missiles, and soldiers before president Kim Jong Un while rising tensions with the White House.The menacing boast came as a Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group headed closer to North Korea amid rising fears the secretive state is on the verge of another nuclear weapons test. Choe Ryong Hae, the second-most powerful official in the country said “We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack”.
Prototype international ballistic missiles and other military hardware at the parade included tanks multiple rocket launchers and artillery guns as well as a solid-fuel missile designed to be fired from submarines.
State television showed what appeared to be several KN-08 and KN-14 missiles rolled out on trucks at the parade. Military analysts say the projectiles could one day be capable of hitting the U.S. North Korean soldiers also rolled out what appeared to be another large rocket covered by a canister.
Earlier, the country's military taunted the U.S. with a provocative statement. The military statement said “Our toughest counteraction against the U.S. and its vessel forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive”.
The latest wave of warmongering also came as a spokesman for the isolated regime warned that US President Trump’s recent tweets are fueling a vicious cycle of belligerence. North Korea’s vice foreign minister said that any sign of reckless military aggression on the part of the U.S. could lead Pyongyang to launch a preemptive strike of its own.
North Korea recently test-fired four ballistic missiles and claims it is close to perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile and the nuclear warhead capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Han’s comments revealed the true colors of North Korea’s government that are bellicose and a breaker of regulations. China also quickly responded to the new jousting in the nuclear hotspot, saying there will be no winner in a war between the U.S. and North Korea.
“Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple loss,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The U.S. was aligning all elements of national power to get North Korea to abandon its missile program. For his part, Trump has said the North is looking for trouble. He reiterated his call for more pressure from China to clamp down on trade and back stronger enforcement of UN sanctions to force denuclearization.