N Korea’s Kim oversees spectacular show of military strength
PYONGYANG: North Korea's weapons of war rolled through Pyongyang streets Saturday and it promised "nuclear justice" in response to any atomic attack as leader Kim Jong-Un mounted a spectacular show of strength.
Tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions are stretched to the limit, with US President Donald Trump deploying an aircraft carrier battle group to the region.
After a 21-gun salute, tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen goose-stepped through Kim Il-Sung Square turning their eyes towards the high balcony from where Kim watched, flanked by officers and officials.
Some detachments carried assault rifles or rocket-propelled grenades, others were equipped with night-vision goggles and daubed in face paint. One troupe was made up of sword-wielding women.
Tanks came next through the square -- named after Kim's grandfather, the North's founder -- followed by the objects of world concern.
A total of 56 missiles of 10 different types were displayed, culminating in enormous rockets on articulated trailers and on 16-wheeler vehicles.
The nuclear-armed North is under United Nations sanctions over its weapons programmes, and has ambitions to build a rocket capable of delivering a warhead to the US mainland -- something Trump has vowed "won't happen".
Ostensibly Saturday's event was to mark the 105th anniversary of Kim Il-Sung's birth -- a date known as the "Day of the Sun" in the North -- and a squadron of warplanes flew overhead forming the number.
But it was also intended to send an unmistakable message to Washington about the isolated country's military might.
Kim's close aide Choe Ryong-Hae declared that the North was a "powerful nuclear-armed state in the Orient and Asia's leader in rocketry". (APP)