North Korea displayed what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles among other military hardware on Saturday at a parade in central Pyongyang commemorating the country’s late founder Kim Il Sung, as current leader Kim Jong Un looked on.

The weapons display comes amid heightened concerns that the country may be preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a missile launch though there was no record of seismic activity from a test site Saturday morning, according to a media report.

The scope of the new missile surprised some weapons experts on Saturday, including one who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, referring to it as a “frankenmissile,” consisting of elements of two other intercontinental ballistic missiles, the KN-08 and KN-14.

The parade rolled though the capital as much of world sat on edge, issuing warnings over fears of possible military action on the Korean Peninsula. China warned on Friday: “The U.S. and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent, and there have been storm clouds gathering,” according to state news agency Xinhua, translated by several media outlets.

North Korea issued a warning of its own, saying it was “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks” if provoked, according to a BBC News report. A U.S. Navy strike group including the USS Carl Vinson aircraft was sent to the region ahead of the parade to monitor activity.

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SOURCE: MICHELLE COFFEY
MarketWatch