N.Korea holds military parade

N.Korea holds military parade

North Korea held a military parade on Saturday to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and the grandfather of leader Kim Jong Un.

Leader Kim Jong Un watched the country's first parade in a year and half along with others from a balcony overlooking Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang.

Members of the army, navy and air force marched in formation, followed by tanks, armored vehicles and various types of ballistic missiles through the square.

Two types of missiles also appeared in the parade for the first time. They are a submarine launched ballistic missile and a land-based SLBM variant, known as Pukguksong-2.

South Korean defense officials quoted by local media say that the missile mounted on a large trailer with 7 wheels on either side is longer than a previous intercontinental ballistic missile and presumed to be a new type of ICBM.

Ahead of the parade, Korean Workers' Party Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae gave a speech.

He said that if the United States wages reckless provocation against North Korea, the country will counter with an "annihilating strike, and will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare".

US Vice President Mike Pence will arrive in South Korea on Sunday on a 3-day visit. He will meet acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and other South Korean officials. They are expected to confirm the importance of the bilateral alliance and discuss ways to deal with North Korea.