North Korea marked the “Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War” Thursday, a national holiday that celebrates the end of the Korean war in 1953, which may indicate a missile test is forthcoming as tensions between the US, Pyongyang, and China mount.

US intelligence agencies have said for some time that they expect another North Korean missile test soon, as North Korea’s July 4th missile test only demonstrated a limited capability.

Since then, CIA director Mike Pompeo has spoken candidly about the possibility that the US may look to take out Kim Jong Un, and China has pressed on with an increasingly assertive military posture towards North Korea.

Meanwhile, North Korean propaganda has shot back, saying the country would hit the US with a “powerful nuclear hammer” if Kim were threatened.