N Korea ready for 'any kind of war' waged by US

2015-10-10 14:24


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Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Saturday his country was ready for any military threats by the US, speaking at the largest-ever military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party.

"Our revolutionary forces are capable of dealing with any kind of war being waged by the US," the North Korean leader said in an address at the parade, which featured thousand of soldiers, long-range ballistic missiles and aircraft.

Dressed in a black Mao suit, Kim was flanked by a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party's politburo, Liu Yunshan, the country's fifth most powerful man. Seoul took Liu's presence as a sign of China's continued support for the North Korean regime.

However, China's Xinhua news agency reported that Liu had urged Kim to return to international talks on limiting its nuclear programme which Pyongyang broke off years ago. It has carried out three nuclear weapons tests since 2006 in defiance of the international community.

Nuclear fears

The North last month threatened to cancel upcoming reunions of families separated by the divisions on the Korean Peninsula after South Korean President Park Geun Hye urged UN member states to make North Korea's nuclear weapons programme a top priority.

Pyongyang has indicated it could launch another satellite. The US and South Korea have said such a launch could be a cover to test ballistic missiles.

North Korea has also said its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon have resumed operations, raising fears of a possible fourth nuclear test explosion by the country.

The Koreas said on 8 September that reunions of 100 separated families each from North and South Korea would happen between 20 and 26 October , following talks to ease a flare-up in tensions in August.

The reunions would be the first since February 2014.

The Korean War of 1950-53 ended in a ceasefire rather than an peace treaty, leaving the two states in a technical state of war.

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