The United States has issued its fair share of warnings to the leadership in Pyongyang in recent weeks, but that hasn’t stopped Kim Jong Un from displaying North Korea’s military might.
While many assumed that the despotic leader would be demonstrating North Korea’s nuclear technology on “The Day of The Sun”, a more subdued message was in store. The hermit kingdom rolled out a battery of conventional weaponry on Saturday, designed to impress not only the North Korean population, but also to deter foreign interference in the highly secretive nation.
“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’.”
North Korea has been in the proverbial hot seat in recent weeks, as the despotic regime continues to antagonize not only the United States, but a great many of their geographical neighbors. In what has become a bit of a standoff, Kim Jong Un has declined to test his nuclear weapons technology – a move that would surely trigger the world to respond with force.