North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight despite a nuclear-powered USA aircraft carrier group steaming towards the region.
Recently North Korea condemned the USA strike on a Syrian airfield as "an unforgivable act of aggression" and justified its nuclear weapons developments as "the right choice a million times over" because of it.
Rows of military bands and goose-stepping and sword-wielding soldiers marched through Pyongyang's main Kim Il-sung square for the "Day of the Sun" celebrations, as a black-suited Kim Jong-un watched.
He then walked up to a podium and clapped with senior government officials to address the thousands of soldiers and a massive crowd taking part in the parade in capital Pyongyang. There had been concern North Korea might decide to mark the occasion with a nuclear or missile test, but it never materialized.
Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) were displayed at the North Korean military parade for the first time ever, according to the Japan Times reporter Jesse Johnson, who alleged that the missiles being rolled on trucks are KN-15s or KN-11s.
North Korea recently test-fired four ballistic missiles and claims it's close to perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead capable of reaching the USA mainland.
A senior North Korean government official said the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at the parade.
President Donald Trump asserted on Sunday that China was working with the United States on "the North Korea problem", and his vice president told American and South Korea service members that the North's latest "provocation", a failed missile launch shortly before his arrival in Seoul, laid bare the risks they face.
Fears over the North's rogue weapons programme have soared in recent days, with a United States naval strike force deployed near the Korean peninsula, while President Donald Trump has warned the threat "will be taken care of" and Pyongyang has vowed a "merciless" response to any provocation.
And on the same day, a top North Korean official offered a warning to the USA, accusing President Trump of "creating a war situation".
He said Kim Jong Un would not back down in terms of his nuclear ambitions and would keep building the country's arsenal in terms of "quality and quantity".
China, on the other hand, acts as an economic bedrock for North Korea.
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. Also on display was a powerful midrange missile that can potentially reach US air bases in Guam, which outside analysts call a "Musudan", as well as a new solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired from land mobile launchers, making them harder to detect before launch.
"The president and his military team are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch", Mattis said.
Trump after all just found out - after months and months of claiming that North Korea would do whatever China said - that North Korean - Chinese relations are "not so easy".
The nuclear-armed state is under United Nations sanctions over its weapons programmes.
In a broadcast interview that aired on Sunday, McMaster said the US would rely on its allies as well as on Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.