“North Korea dramatically escalated its warlike rhetoric on Thursday, warning that it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on targets in the United States,” reports Agence France Presse.
“The moment of explosion is approaching fast,’ the North Korean military said, warning that war could break out ‘today or tomorrow.’”
AFP reported that “Pyongyang’s latest pronouncement came as Washington scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences, preparing to send ground-based interceptors to Guam and dispatching two Aegis class destroyers to the region. Tension was also high on the North’s heavily fortified border with South Korea, after Kim Jong-Un’s isolated regime barred South Koreans from entering a Seoul-funded joint industrial park on its side of the frontier. In a statement published by the state KCNA news agency, the Korean People’s Army general staff warned Washington that US threats would be ‘smashed by… cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means.’”
“The merciless operation of our revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified,” the statement said.
Last month, AFP noted, “North Korea threatened a ‘pre-emptive’ nuclear strike against the United States, and last week its supreme army command ordered strategic rocket units to combat status.”
KEY STORIES TO TRACK:
- South Korea: North Korea moved missile to east coast (AP)
- North Korea threats: US to move missile defences to Guam (BBC)
- Kim Jong-un: Can US trust North Korea leader to act rationally? (CSM)