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Friday, April 14, 2017

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un kicked off his country's Day of the Sun celebrations on Saturday April 15,2017

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un kicked off his country's Day of the Sun celebrations on Saturday April 15,2017 with a huge military parade amid increasingly aggressive threats of nuclear war.  

Kim arrived at Kim Il-sung Square in a Western-style suit and saluted formations of soldiers who yelled out 'long live' to celebrate the 105th anniversary of his grandfather's birthday. 

The dictator has accused President Donald Trump of provoking his nation towards armed conflict with a series of increasingly aggressive moves, including sending the USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula.

US officials feared Kim Jong-un would mark the national holiday by launching its sixth nuclear weapons test, since the country has used previous holidays to showcase its military prowess. 

North Korea showed off its prototypes of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on Saturday - a worrying sign given the regime's goal to develop nuclear bombs and missiles that will be able to reach mainland America.

Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) were also on show for the first time, which indicates an improving technological capability that could help it evade an anti-missile system and serve as a backup if its land-based arsenals are destroyed.

Crowds waved flags and flowers in a colourful display of patriotism captured on camera in front of the world's media - a rare public display by leaders in the secretive state.

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