North Korea on Saturday warned the United States not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks".
Kim Jong-un's right hand man vowed to launch a nuclear strike against America if North Korea is provoked.
The celebration comes at a somewhat inopportune time as Donald Trump's administration has been provoking North Korea for a few weeks now, worrying everybody that a nuclear war is about to break out.
Mr Trump has made clear that he intends to curb North Korean belligerence, and over recent days a USA naval strike group led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson has sailed towards the peninsula, a mission roundly condemned by North Korean state media. "Trump just took the office; if he loses to Pyongyang, he would feel like he had lost some prestige".
North Korea, still technically at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce but not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan. Washington has sent Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its navy strike group to water near the region in a show of force.
Pyongyang has also expressed anger over the ongoing annual spring military exercises the USA holds with South Korea, which it considers a rehearsal for invasion.
Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests previous year alone following those in 2006, 2009 and 2013. The first was of what it claims to have been a hydrogen bomb and the second was its most powerful ever. North Korean then fired the missile at a lofted angle for testing purposes. Russian Federation and China are critical to any pressure campaign on North Korea because they both hold veto power on the U.N. Security Council. Analysts say commercial satellite images from recent weeks indicate increased activity around North Korea's nuclear test site. But it's doubtful the North is now able to build reliable, survivable warheads for an intercontinental ballistic missile that can strike the US mainland, he said. "We urge all sides to no longer engage in mutual provocation and threats, whether through words or deeds". If not, we will solve the problem without them! Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have. "Now we are comparing Trump's policy toward the DPRK with the former administration's and we have concluded that it's becoming more vicious and more aggressive". Now attention turns to the next important date in North Korea's calendar in ten days time: the 85th anniversary of the founding of the military.
"We've got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a USA pre-emptive strike", he said.
"If the USA comes with reckless military maneuvers then we will confront it with the DPRK's preemptive strike", Ryol said.
"We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war."".
How much such comments are bluster, or how realistic they are, is hard to gauge.
In a call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said late Friday the common goal of the two nations was to "bring all the parties back to the negotiating table", according to a statement on China's Foreign Ministry website. He said China is willing to support any such effort.
"If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no victor". "No one can become a victor", Wang said.
US retaliatory strikes against Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians, coupled with Trump dispatching what he called an "armada" of ships to the region in a show of force, touched off fears in South Korea that the United States was preparing for military action against the North.