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ready for war
PYONGYANG—North Korea paraded
its intercontinental ballistic missiles
in a massive military display in cen-
tral Pyongyang yesterday, with ruler
Kim Jong Un looking on with delight
as his nation flaunted its increasingly
sophisticated military hardware amid
rising regional tensions.
Kim did not speak during the annual pa-
rade, which celebrates the 1912 birthday of
his late grandfather Kim Il Sung, North Ko-
rea’s founding ruler, but a top official warned
that the North would stand up to any threat
posed by the United States.
Choe Ryong Hae said US President Donald
Trump was guilty of “creating a war situa-
tion” on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching
US forces to the region.
“We will respond to an all-out war with
an all-out war and a nuclear war with our
style of a nuclear attack,” said Choe, widely
seen by analysts as North Korea’s number
The parade, the annual highlight of North
Korea’s most important holiday, came amid
growing international worries that North
Korea may be preparing for its sixth nuclear
test or a major missile launch, such as its first
flight test of an ICBM capable of reaching
“It will be the largest of miscalculations
if the United States treats us like Iraq and
Libya, which are living out miserable fates
as victims of aggression, and Syria, which
didn’t respond immediately even after it
was attacked,” said a Friday statement by
the general staff of the North Korean army,
according to the official Korean Central
Also Friday, North Korea’s vice foreign
minister told the Associated Press in an
exclusive interview that Trump’s tweets—
he recently tweeted, for example, that the
North is “looking for trouble”—have in-
“Trump is always making provocations
with his aggressive words,” Han Song Ryol
US retaliatory strikes earlier this month
against Syria over a chemical weapons attack
on civilians, coupled with Trump’s dispatch-
ing of what he called an “armada” of ships
to the region, touched off fears in South Ko-
rea that the United States was preparing for
military action against the North.
Pyongyang has also expressed anger over
the ongoing annual spring military exercis-
es the US holds with South Korea, which it
considers a rehearsal for invasion.
But US officials told the Associated Press
on Friday that the Trump administration
had settled on a policy that will emphasise
increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the
help of China, North Korea’s only major ally,
instead of military options or trying to over-
throw Kim’s regime.
A US military official, who requested an-
onymity to discuss planning, said the US
doesn’t intend to use military force against
North Korea in response to either a nuclear
test or a missile launch.
A series of what appeared to be KN-08
missiles were among the weapons rolled out
on trucks. Analysts say the missiles could
one day be capable of hitting targets as far
as the continental United States, although
North Korea has yet to flight test them.
The parade also included large rockets
covered by canisters in two different types of
transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs.
An official from South Korea’s Defense Min-
istry couldn’t immediately confirm whether
any of the rockets represented a new type of
ICBM. Other military hardware at the parade
included tanks, multiple rocket launchers
and artillery, as well as a solid-fuel missile
designed to be fired from submarines.
Spain rescues 125
migrants in night
time sea crossing
BARCELONA—Spain’s maritime rescue said
yesterday it had rescued 125 migrants trying to
make night time crossings from Africa in three
All three of the small boats were located before
daybreak on Saturday.
The first boat, carrying 41 men and 11 women of
sub-Saharan origin, was located by rescue teams
shortly after midnight in the Alboran Sea east of
the Strait of Gibraltar. The Red Cross said all were
in good health.
A second group of 62 North African males, includ-
ing 11 minors, was packed into a wooden boat when
rescued just west of the Strait in the Atlantic Ocean.
Eleven more migrants of unknown origin were
pulled from a small vessel in the Mediterranean Sea
after a NATO aircraft alerted the maritime rescue ser-
vice. The Red Cross said six of the migrants required
treatment for burns, including one that needed hos-
pitalisation. Tens of thousands of migrants, mostly
from sub-Saharan African countries, try to reach the
shores of Spain and Italy by boat each year.
Between Thursday and Friday, 73 migrants were
rescued from five boats by Spanish ships.
On Wednesday, a 10-year-old girl and two adults
died when their boat capsized while trying to cross
the Mediterranean Sea to Spain.
An official of Spain’s rescue service confirmed the
details of yesterday’s operations speaking anony-
mously in line with institution policy. (AP)
Bomb hits evacuation bus, 39 dead
BEIRUT—Syrian TV said at least 39 peo-
ple were killed yesterday in an explosion
that hit near buses carrying people evac-
uated from a besieged area of govern-
ment loyalists. A war monitor put the
death toll at 24 in the area controlled by
The explosion was caused by a car bomb,
according to Syrian TV and the opposition
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, who put the death toll at 24 and said
it would likely rise.
In footage aired on Syrian TV, bodies,
including fighters, were seen lying along-
side buses, some of which were charred and
others gutted from the blast. Personal be-
longings could be seen dangling out of the
windows. The state TV channel said the car
was carrying food aid but a rebel spokesman
said the car had been parked in the area and
The explosion hit the Rashideen area, a
rebel-controlled district outside Aleppo
city where evacuation buses carrying nearly
5,000 people from the northern rebel-be-
sieged villages of Foua and Kfraya were stuck,
causing a huge plume of black smoke. Resi-
dents from the two villages had been evacu-
ated Friday, along with more than 2,000 from
Madaya, an opposition-held town outside of
Damascus besieged by government forces.
A senior rebel leader said 20 fighters who
guarded the buses were killed as well as doz-
ens of passengers. He spoke on the condition
of anonymity because he was not authorised
to speak to the media. Yasser Abdellatif, a
member of the powerful Ahrar al-Sham
group which negotiated the deal, said at
least 30 rebels were killed in the explosion.
The explosion came as frustration was
already mounting over the stalling evacua-
tion process. Thousands of evacuees from the
pro-government and opposition areas were
stuck opposite sides of the edge of Aleppo
city as rebels and government bickered over
the terms for evacuating fighters.
Prior to the blast, Syrian Red Crescent
teams had distributed meals to the restless
evacuees, stuck in limbo after having left
their homes over 30 hours earlier. Many
were already voicing their dissatisfaction
with the wait. (AP)
kill 30 in Iran
TEHRAN—The death toll in flash floods trig-
gered by heavy rains in Iran’s north-western
province of eastern Azarbaijan jumped to 30
as rescue teams continue to discover bodies,
state TV reported yesterday.
The report said that there are at least seven people
still missing in the cities of Ajabshir and Azarshahr.
An earlier report yesterday morning said 17 people
had been killed.
The East Azarbaijan Governor’s Office of Crisis
Management said that “16 bodies were found in
Ajabshir city and 14 in the city of Azarshahr.”
The report quotes Director General of Crisis Man-
agement in East Azarbaijan province, Khalil Saei, as
saying that Red Crescent workers, air ambulances,
police and army forces were deployed to assist in
search and rescue efforts.
In September, at least 10 people were killed in flash
flooding in Tehran and Hormozgan provinces. (AP)
A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed by soldiers during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, yesterday. The event
marked the 105th anniversary of Kim II Sung, the country’s late founder. PHOTO: WONG MAYE-E
North Korea sends warning to Trump
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