By: Savannah Smith | 04-15-2017 | News
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North Korea Masses Troops on the DMZ

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has gathered his military forces in Pyongyang in an apparent show of force as tensions continue to rise over his country's nuclear ambitions.

The government has ordered hundreds of flatbed trucks filled with soldiers to line up the banks of the Taedong river before the start of a traditional parade through the North Korean capital. The nation is celebrating today the 105th birth anniversary of the North's founder Kim Il-Sung, who also happened to be the current barbaric leader's grandfather. The celebration is also known as the 'Day of the Sun' in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the nation's official name.

More than their participation to the annual celebration in the country, the show of strength of the military forces is seen more as Kim's way of sending a clear message to Washington and its allies Tokyo and Seoul, along with other nations, about its nuclear-powered military might.

There has been wide fears and speculations that North Korea will conduct another nuclear test to coincide with the annual celebrations of 'Day of the Sun' and to send a strong message against its adversaries. President Trump has been talking tough against North Korea and criticizing Kim for "behaving very, very badly".

The Pentagon has also said that it will be ready to launch preemptive strike against North Korea should it feel that Kim cannot be stopped from conducting a nuclear arms test. Two destroyer vessels have been deployed to the Korean peninsula, along with heavy bombers positioned in Guam and USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group sent in the area.

The United Nations has given Pyongyang multiple sanctions over its atomic and ballistic missile programs, and for its huge ambitions of building a rocket capable of delivering a warhead to the U.S. mainland. President Trump has confidently promised that such "won't happen".

North Korea has already carried out five nuclear tests, two of which just happened last year. It has also conducted multiple missiles launch, one of which saw three rockets come down in waters proactively close to U.S. ally, Japan.

There have been numerous intense exchanges of threats and warnings between the U.S. and North Korea. The isolated country has always said it is ready for " war" with the U.S. On Friday, its army promised a 'merciless' response to U.S. provocation. But even some of its diplomats said such threats could be a matter of mere rhetoric from North Korea.

President Trump for his part said in an interview with Fox Business Network that the country will be sending a very powerful armada. He also said that Kim was doing the wrong thing and making a big mistake.


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