Instead, North Korea held a parade displaying a variety of ballistic missiles it has recently tested among other weapons, according to the Washington Post, as the country marked the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung, the nation's founder and Kim Jong Un's grandfather.
It suggests Pyongyang has been working towards a "new concept" of ICBM, said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the US-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.
"It is still early days for these missile designs".
North Korean soldiers also rolled out another large rocket that appeared to be the size of an ICBM, but what a South Korean military analyst said hasn't been seen before.
"If they infringe on the DPRK's sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater", North Korea said through its state-run news source.
The projectiles would eject from the canisters before they ignite preventing launcher trucks from being damaged.
The display included submarine-launched ballistic missiles, believed to be the same type of missile North Korea fired from land in February. (English - ) "I'm also sure that the missiles are not ready yet, but it doesn't matter". It was the first time North Korea had shown the missiles - which have a range of more than 1,000km - at a military parade.
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China, the North´s sole major ally, and Russian Federation have both urged restraint, with Beijing´s foreign minister Wang Yi warning Friday that "conflict could break out at any moment".
A senior North Korean official used the parade to accuse the U.S. of "creating a war situation" with the recent dispatch of warships to the region.
In this image made from video broadcast by North Korean broadcaster KRT, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un applauds during a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, April 15, 2017. Despite Beijing's key role in propping up North Korea, the Kim Jong-Un regime has repeatedly ignored warnings and sanctions from its powerful ally.
Other officials sought to capture the defiant tone of the day.
Choe Ryong Hae - believed to be the second-most powerful official in the country - in his address to the soldiers during the parade, blamed Donald Trump for "creating a war situation" in the Korean Peninsula promising to respond with all out war to USA aggression.
"We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war", North Korean military official Choe Ryong-Hae said.
While the parade carried on, a top official did not hesitate to bring up the USA and the possibility of nuclear war.
"The tense situation will continue for some time", a Japanese Foreign Ministry source said, noting that as the United States steps up pressure on North Korea by sending a carrier strike group to waters near the Korean Peninsula, North Korea is set to mark another important anniversary on April 25.