North Korea vows to respond to United States aggression with 'nuclear attack'

"Military analysts paid close attention to two new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the backs of trucks - none of which had been displayed before".

North Korea displayed what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles among other military hardware on Saturday at a parade in central Pyongyang commemorating the country's late founder Kim Il Sung, as current leader Kim Jong Un looked on.

Kim was greeted Saturday with thunderous applause as he stepped into view on a large podium, clapping to acknowledge the thousands of soldiers and civilians taking part in the parade at Kim Il Sung Square.

U.S. Pacific Command said it detected a missile at about 6:20 a.m.

"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack", Choe said.

Kim Jong-un mounted the spectacular show of strength as tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions are stretched to the limit, with United States president Donald Trump deploying an aircraft carrier battle group to the region.

Xu Guangyu, a former general and a researcher at the Beijing-based China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, said the North's choice of a missile display rather than a nuclear test showed that Pyongyang was not slackening in showcasing its military power or in "its capability to fight back when necessary".

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The government in Pyongyang says it is ready to defend itself, even with nuclear weapons, against any aggression by the United States.

Pyongyang also warned Washington on Saturday to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group headed towards the region.

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

The festivities took place amid concerns that North Korea may be preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a major rocket launch, such as its first flight test of an ICBM. He added that North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in "quality and quantity" and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that's what Trump wants.

Its army vowed Friday a "merciless" response to any U.S. provocation but diplomats in Pyongyang are more sanguine, pointing out that the North raises its rhetoric every spring, when Washington and Seoul hold annual joint exercises that it views as preparations for invasion.

The tweets came as talk of the secretive nation dominated Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the U.S. last week.

Newspapers this morning expressed fears of nuclear tests as Pyongyang warned it was prepared to take "the toughest action" against U.S. "military hysteria".

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DPRK stands for the official name of North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Also on display was a powerful mid-range missile that outside analysts call a "Musudan", and which can potentially reach US air bases in Guam, as well as a new solid-fuel mid-range missile that can be fired from land mobile launchers, making them harder to detect before launch.

He said that the North is also likely developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets paraded inside canisters on Saturday might be prototypes.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has been diverted back to the waters off Korea after heading for Australia, and USA satellite imagery suggests the North could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time. It was the first time North Korea had shown the missiles - which have a range of more than 1,000km - at a military parade.

North Korea is looking for trouble.

The North conducted two such tests previous year alone.

According to diplomats, North Korean officials have described the USA president as "unpredictable" and been unnerved by his comments and actions.

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