North Korea is marking the 105th birthday of the country's late founder, Kim Il Sung. The Japanese foreign minister released a statement around 1:15 p.m. local time saying that his country needs to remain on alert over North Korea even after this weekend's celebrations.
Fumio Kishida, who is the foreign Minister of Japan made the comment to reporters Saturday just as a massive parade started in North Korea today.
Kishida also said that more events are expected in North Korea later in April, adding that there is a possibility that the country may take action on those occasions.
One of the incoming military holidays is marked on the 25th of April where North Koreas army marks its anniversary. Kishida also indicated that Japan ought to be fully prepared to take various measures. However, he did not give further details.
There are also reports indicating that Japan's government has routinely coordinated with representatives of tens of thousands of Japanese residents in South Korea on contingency plans.
By around 12:10 p.m. local time, highlights have been made by prototype intercontinental ballistic missiles on the broad range of military hardware North Korea displayed in a massive parade honoring the country's late founding father.
The country’s state television showed what appeared to be several KN-08 and KN-14 missiles rolled out on trucks at the parade Saturday.
Reports from military analysts indicate that the missiles could one day be capable of hitting targets as far as the continental United States. However, North Korea is yet to flight test them.
The North Korean soldiers also unveiled another large rocket that appeared to be the size of an ICBM. One of the South Korean military analysts said that the large rocket hasn't been seen in the past.
The parade also showcased tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery guns, as well as a solid-fuel missile designed to be fired from submarines. North Korea also displayed a powerful midrange missile. The missile, which is known as Musudan can potentially reach U.S. air bases in Guam as indicated by analysts.
At 11 a.m. local time one of the senior North Korean government official released a statement saying that the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at an immense parade celebrating the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.
The second-most powerful official in North Korea, Choe Ryong Hae, made a statement on Saturday saying that the new U.S. government under Donald Trump was creating a war situation on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching strategic military assets to the region. Choe emphasized that North Korea will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with its style of a nuclear attack. Choe was speaking during the parade in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
At 9:50 a.m. the North Korean state television showed Kim Jong Un has made an appearance at an immense military parade celebrating the birthday of his late grandfather and North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. Kim emphasizes that nuclear weapons are the foundation of his national defense strategy.
The country has been aggressively pursuing a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable making way to the U.S.