North Korea is planning to roll out another display of military might just one day before it sends a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, according to a report.
The rogue state is planning the parade of intercontinental missiles and rockets in an attempt to “scare the hell out of the Americans,” according to two diplomatic sources who spoke to CNN.
North Korea will send hundreds of officials, athletes, artists, journalists and cheerleaders to attend the Pyeongchang Games on Feb. 9 in what has been hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in sees the games as an opportunity to resume meaningful contact with the North following an extended period of tension and diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear weapons and missiles program.
Korean People’s ballistic missiles are displayed during a military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung.
But uncertainties linger in the run-up to the Olympics. On Monday, the North scrapped a joint cultural event, citing unspecified negative media reports in the South.
While many South Koreans have welcomed the North’s presence at the Olympics, others express unease and view the North’s overture as an attempt to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions against the North while further advancing its nuclear weapons program.
During the State the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump said, “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.”
This picture taken on April 15, 2017 shows an unidentified rocket, reported to be a Hwasong-type missile similar to the one used in a May 14, 2017 test launch.
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“Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this very dangerous position,” he added.
Trump has famously traded insults with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, although he has also claimed to have a “very good relationship” with the dictator.