North Korea threatens nuclear retaliation on founding father's birth anniversary

15 Apr 2017 | Written by Abheet Sethi; Edited by Ramya

North Korea has warned the US against taking provocative action in the region and threatened nuclear retaliation.

The statement comes as North Korea celebrated the "Day of the Sun", the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il-sung.

North Korea displayed its military hardware at a huge parade in Pyongyang amid speculation that leader Kim Jong-un would order a nuclear weapons test.

In context: North Korea celebrates "Day of the Sun"

IntroductionAbout North Korea and its nuclear programs

For over decades now, North Korea has been the most secretive country; its nuclear weapons program has its roots in the 1950s.

It is believed that the country possesses over 1,000 missiles of different capabilities, including long-range ones that could strike the US.

The country's nuclear program progressed over decades; from tactical artillery rockets during the 1960-70s to the present day's nuclear warheads.

15 Apr 2017North Korea threatens nuclear retaliation on founding father's birth anniversary

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North Korea threatens US

"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," a senior North Korean official said.

Tensions mountingTensions between US and North Korea remain heightened

Tensions around the Korean Peninsula remain high after North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test on April 5, 2017.

The US has sent an aircraft carrier battle group to the region, infuriating Pyongyang.

The US military's missile attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military has raised questions about President Donald Trump's response to North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

ParadeKim Jong-un looks satisfied as military marches at parade

The parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung square featured rows of marching military bands and sword-wielding soldiers.

A relaxed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watched smilingly from a special podium and saluted an honour guard.

At one point, marching soldiers chanted, "We will die for you!" towards Kim.

The number 105 was created by military planes in the sky.

Ballistic missilesPyongyang displays new types of ballistic missiles at parade

The parade represented an opportunity for Kim to showcase North Korea's military prowess.

For the first time, what appeared to be the 1000 km-range Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) was displayed.

Also on display were what analysts believe are two new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Whether these missiles, which could have capability to reach the US, have been tested remains unclear.

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16 Apr 2017North Korea's missile launch fails

North Korea's latest missile launch off its eastern coast failed according to US and South Korean intelligence sources. They said that the missile exploded just seconds after being launched.

At a recent parade, Pyongyang had displayed a new long-range ballistic missile, and threatened the US as well.

In a statement, the South Korean defence ministry said it was investigating details of the launch.