NORTH Korea’s new Special Forces unit was unveiled for the first time in a huge parade as an apparent show of strength against Donald Trump.
Dictator Kim Jong Un’s threatening and “highly trained” troops shouted patriotic slogans and carried rifles fitted with grenade launchers as they marched through the streets of Pyongyang on Saturday.
North Korean special forces soldiers march and shout slogans during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country’s founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang[/caption]
Special Forces troops are greeted by residents after the military parade in Pyongyang[/caption]
North Korean soldiers march during a parade for the ‘Day of the Sun’ festival[/caption]
Female soldiers march during the celebrations on Saturday[/caption]
A missile is transported through the streets during the parade, seen as a show of force to President Trump[/caption]
Special Forces officers wore menacing camouflage cream on their faces and black sunglasses.
The elite force had night vision goggles affixed to their helmets and handguns strapped to their chest and are said to be the best-equipped soldiers in the Korean People’s Army.
A broadcaster said on state TV: “Once Supreme Commander Kim Jong-un issues an order they will charge with resolve to thrust a sword through the enemy’s heart like lightning over Mount Paektu [the country’s highest peak].”
The menacing troops have allegedly been trained to infiltrate South Korea and snatch Western tourists[/caption]
An enormous ballistic missile is transported through Pyongyang during the show of strenght[/caption]
The impressive celebration marked a public holiday in Pyongyang[/caption]
Navy, army and other armed forces joined in the enormous parade[/caption]
The parade also marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country’s founder[/caption]
The elite troops, carrying grenade launchers, were unveiled for the first time[/caption]
The parade marked the annual public holiday the Day Of The Sun and also fell on the 105th anniversary of North Korea’s late founder Kim Il-sun.
It came amid rising tensions with the United States and President Trump, who has refused to rule out a pre-emptive strike if Kim reaches for the nuclear button.
The crack team are also armed with night vision goggles[/caption]
Korean People’s Army troops salute as they watch the military parade[/caption]
Ung-gil Lee, a former corporal in the 11th Storm Corps who fled the tyrannical regime 11 years ago, told the Mail on Sunday what the regime planned in the event of war.
He said: “We would sneak into the South, change our clothing, go into areas where there are lots of foreigners and capture some of them.
"We memorised locations, phone numbers and the car number plates of major embassies."
The defector added that the US must not attack unless it thinks it can kill Kim Jong-un.
He added: "Unless Trump thinks he can get rid of him, he must not carry out an attack."
Infiltration into South Korea by North Korean elite troops has taken place before.
South Korea’s military reported the attempt near the Sinpo region, the same area from which the North tested a ballistic missile last month.
US officials said the missile exploded on launch but they don’t know exactly what type of weapon it was.
The incident is likely to escalate the rising tensions between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang’s rogue nuclear weapons ambitions.
North Korea has tested a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests last year, including its most powerful to date, as well as carrying out a slew of shorter range missile firings.
A smirking Kim Jong-Un watched a fervent military parade just hours after telling America: “We’re ready for war.”
Chief among the devastating arsenal on show during the parade was a KN-08 rocket, thought to be capable of flying more than 7,000miles – within range of Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC.
US military experts reacted with shock to the display, as one admitted “we’re floored right now”.
Shell-shocked North Korean experts admit the secretive nation now appears far more advanced than previously thought.
Dave Schmerler, a research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California, told The Wall Street Journal: “We’re totally floored right now. I was not expecting to see this many new missile designs.”
Also on display was the similarly devastating KN-14 rocket.
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