North Korea staged a parade on their National Day of the Sun Holiday, where it showcased its new submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and a new ICBM widely believed to be able to reach the US. No launch. Nuke test on hold. Maybe the pressure got through to them, at least for now?
Of course there was the usual blistering rhetoric and threats against the US and Western powers, but Kim Jong-Un himself did not speak during the parade.
“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.”
Chosun, the South Korean news agency reported,
The prospect that North Korea will conduct a six-nation nuclear test by the end of the Sun’s day has been missed, but diplomats and military officials say there is a possibility that it will be carried out on the day of the establishment of the People’s National Day or the visit of US Vice President Mike Fence [sic] on October 16-18.
The new ICBM appeared on a wheeled mobile launch vehicle. It is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14. The ICBM is capable of hitting the US mainland with a range of more than 10,000 kilometers, and it is difficult to capture the preliminary signs because it is fired from a mobile launch vehicle.
They also showed off their new SLBM- Submarine launched Ballistic missile.
The leader of Japan worries that the DPRK could launch a Sarin attack, as the rogue regime is known to possess chemical weapons. The holiday in the DPRK also reportedly revealed the white protective gear that could be used if they launched their known 5,000 tons of chemical weapons.
Pressure exerted by China
After Trump’s meeting with Xi Jinping, President of China, some interesting things occurred: First, China moved 150,000 troops to the border of North Korea, ostensibly to be ready in case of refugees that might flee across the border if the US attacked. Then they began moving other troops around, all of which they easily explained as something else.
They then suspended coal imports from North Korea until the end of the year. That move will hit the DPRK in the pocket book.
China airlines stopped some of its 3 days a week flights to Pyongyang from Beijing, citing lack of passengers. But North Korea has a fancy new terminal, inaugurated in 2015, which will now see a downturn in business as well.
Trump says he was impressed by the Chinese leader, but warned him that lucrative trade deals would only happen if they put pressure on North Korea to stop their missile testing. Trump told the Chinese leader in no uncertain terms that if they didn’t make Kim stop, we would.
Administration officials, however, insist that the US has no intention of toppling the Kim regime after any test.
Featured image, prototype of the DPRK’s new ICBM, believed capable of hitting the US. Screenshot from video of parade.
Here is a video of the parade- the endless lines of missiles and goose-stepping troops.