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In this image made from video broadcast by North Korean broadcaster KRT soldiers take part in a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang Saturday

State television showed Kim stepping out of a limousine, wearing black suit and a white shirt, and saluting his honour guard before walking down a red carpet.

Thousands of soldiers paraded through Kim Il Sung Square, followed by several tanks.

North Korea rolled out intercontinental ballistic missiles and other military hardware at a massive parade on April 15 and vowed that it was "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks" against its enemies.

"North Korea is a liability to everybody and it's a threat not just to the United States, not just to South Korea, not just to Japan, not just to Russian Federation, but it's actually a threat to China as well", McFarland said Sunday on "Fox News Sunday".

China is North Korea's lone major ally but has spoken out against its missile and nuclear tests and has supported United Nations sanctions.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that Sunday's missile exploded on launch.

Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has denied a widespread report by NBC News that it planned to launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, while Japan is reportedly conducting evacuation drills in the event of active hostilities.

Other military hardware at the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery guns, as well as a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from submarines. "We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable".

Propeller-powered planes flew in a 105 formation overhead.

"We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war", said Choe Ryong-hae, believed to be the country's second most powerful official.

Kim Jong Un has engaged in a war of words with President Trump amid recent missile tests.

The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked. That led North Korea to issue routine threats of attacks on its rivals if they show signs of aggression.

"But whatever Kim Jong Un decides and instructs will succeed and all the citizens will support him", he said, referring to the North's young leader.

Kim, a 30-something leader who took power in late 2011, emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defense strategy.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "The time for action is now and by that we need to look at ways to put increased pressure on North Korea in order for it to recognise the reality that it needs to pursue denuclearisation". The country conducted two nuclear tests past year.

Amidst the tensions, China has been urging a de-escalation of rhetoric between the USA and North Korea, its long-time ally.

It has carried out five nuclear tests - two of them previous year - and multiple missile launches, one of which saw several rockets come down in waters provocatively close to Japan last month.

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.

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