North Korea readies rockets to attack US

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 09:15 hrs

Reacting to America's use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military drills, North Korea on Friday threatened to attack the United States military bases in South Korea and Pacific and put its rocket units on standby, reports said.

During a midnight meeting with top generals, North Korea´s supreme leader Kim Jong Un signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the KPA (Korean People´s Army), ordering them to be standby for fire so that they may strike any time the U.S. mainland, its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in south Korea.

State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said: "He (Kim Jong Un) said he has judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation."

"The U.S. imperialists let B-2A make sorties over south Korea in succession, indicating once again that their hostile acts against the DPRK have entered a reckless phase, going beyond the phase of threat and blackmail," Kim was quoted as saying by KCNA.

Meanwhile, increased activities were recently seen in North Korea´s missile sites, South Korean media said.

"North Korea´s missile sites have recently shown increased activities in the wake of the communist nation´s threat to strike South Korea and the United States in response to their ongoing military drill involving nuclear-capable bombers," South Korea´s Yonhap news agency said quoting military sources in Seoul.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday said the long-standing relationship with South Korea is particularly important to the United States.

"We -- the United States, South Koreans, all of the that region of the world--are committed to a pathway to peace. And the North Koreans seem to be headed in a different direction here," Hagel said.

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