All eyes are on the Trump administration's plans for North Korea, with concern growing since last week's United States missile strike in Syria, in response to a deadly gas attack.
Under the clear sky and to the sound of the military band, dozens of military vehicles and an entire army of soldiers passed through the country's biggest square named in honor of Kim Il-sung, whose 105th birthday is being celebrated on Saturday.
The parade comes amid rising tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world, after a week-long series of spats directed toward the U.S., and a looming possibility of the nation's sixth nuclear test.
The state TV also showed several KN-08 missiles being rolled out on trucks at the parade.
U.S. officials said they suspected North Korea was planning another underground nuclear test.
North Korea on Friday denounced the United States for bringing "huge nuclear strategic assets" to the region as the USS Carl Vinson strike group with a flag-ship nuclear-powered aircraft carrier steamed closer, and said it stood ready to strike back.
Kim Jong Un has engaged in a war of words with President Trump amid recent missile tests.
Choe Ryong-hae, one of the most senior military officials in North Korea, was reported to have warned: "We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war".
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The moderate CFDT union marked the May Day holiday with a small Paris rally against Le Pen, leader of the National Front party. Then-party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen sought to distance himself from the attackers, but the death drew national outrage.
Last week, the United States positioned two destroyers capable of launching a missile attack in the region amid concerns North Korea was preparing a nuclear test. Analysts warned that a strike against North Korea would likely escalate, and North Korea said Friday that "thermonuclear war may break out at any moment".
"I have really gotten to like and respect, as you know, President Xi" Jinping, Trump said Thursday, expressing hopes that the Chinese leader will put his best foot forward on North Korea.
Pyongyang has expressed anger over the annual spring military exercises the USA holds with South Korea, which it considers an invasion rehearsal.
As tensions heighten in the peninsula, China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned that confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea had escalated to such a point that "a military conflict may start at any moment". U.S. media claimed that President Donald Trump may order a strike against North Korea in case Pyongyang decides to carry out another nuclear weapon test.
China is North Korea's sole major ally but disapproves of the North's weapons programs and confrontations with the United States and its Asian allies.
Other military hardware at the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery, as well as a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from submarines. New weapons are normally unveiled at these occasions, and today a submarine-launched ballistic missile has been shown for the first time, likely to be the same model as the SLBM that was successfully test-fired in August past year.
Kim Jong Un, a 30-something leader who took power in late 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defense strategy.
North Korea has carried out a total of five nuclear tests so far, and according to an expert satellite imagery analysis Pyongyang may be preparing for a sixth test soon.