PYONGYANG, North Korea - On the Day of the Sun, thousands of soldiers and citizens of the reclusive nation gathered to witness the celebrations marking the 105th anniversary of Kim Jong Un’s grandfather's birth.
In the celebrations being held at the Kim II-sung Square in the country, its leader vowed to continue advancing its technology and vowed to unleash nuclear justice against its foes.
The day celebrating the country’s founder’s birthday, that each year witnesses a huge military spectacle, wasn’t any different this year, except that the Kim Jong Un-led regime paraded its series of new and technologically advanced missiles in a defiant show of force.
The day also celebrated the Kim Jong Un’s legitimacy as the successor to the communist dynasty, and the leader, dressed in a Western suit stepped out of a black limousine, saluted his honor guard and offered encouraging applauds to thousands of soldiers who marched in synchronized fashion.
The parade displayed ten different types of missiles, and a total of 56 missiles, followed by enormous rockets on articulated trailers and on 16-wheeler vehicles.
The country presented two of its newest missiles at the parade, including the submarine-launched ballistic missile it successfully fired last year and the land-based version it launched last month.
One of the missiles resembled the KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile that has previously been displayed in parades.
This missile boasts of a theoretical range of about 7,500 miles, which is enough to reach the United States from North Korea
Experts pointed out that North Korea has been working on solid fuel.
Solid-fueled missiles can be deployed faster and hidden better from satellite detection than their liquid-fueled counterparts.
Chinese trucks exported to North Korea’s forestry ministry carried the missile canisters
Further, single-engine propeller-powered planes flew in a 105 formation overhead.
Analysts have been busy identifying all the missiles that were shown off, with most of them appearing to have either a new paint job or were variants on known missiles.
A senior Chinese official, who usually is in attendance at such parades was missing.
Detachments even carried assault rifles or rocket-propelled grenades, and even featured a troupe of sword-wielding women.
Post the parade, experts expressed fears that the prototypes of the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) displayed at the event could one day be capable of striking mainland America.
Kim's top officials, Choe Ryong Hae, who spoke at the event vowed that North Korea would “beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice.”
He said, “If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare.”
Kim Jong Un has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of provoking his nation towards armed conflict.
He has blamed U.S. and South Korea of making aggressive moves, after U.S. last weekend ordered a navy strike group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, to head to the Korean peninsula.
The strike group includes the U.S. aircraft carrier, two missile destroyers, a cruiser and 74 warplanes.