Tuesday, March 26, 2013

North Korea puts rocket units on alert to 'attack US'

The Korean People's Army supreme command reportedly ordered "all artillery troops including strategic rocket units and long-range artillery units to be placed under class-A combat readiness".

The units should be prepared to attack "all US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region, including the US mainland, Hawaii and Guam", as well as South Korea, said the statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, the country's state media.

Despite a successful long-range rocket launch in December, most experts believe North Korea is years from developing a genuine intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the continental United States.
Hawaii and Guam would also be outside the range of its medium-range missiles, which would be capable, however, of striking US military bases in South Korea and Japan.

The supreme command announcement came days after the South Korean and US militaries signed a new pact, providing for a joint military response to even low-level provocative action by North Korea.

While existing agreements provide for US engagement in the event of a full-scale conflict, the new protocol addresses the response to a limited provocation such as an isolated incident of cross-border shelling.

It guarantees US support for any South Korean retaliation and allows Seoul to request any additional US military force it deems necessary.

Military tensions on the Korean peninsula have been at a heightened level for months, since the December rocket test and North Korea's third nuclear test – carried out last month.

Both events triggered UN sanctions that infuriated the North, which has spent the past month issuing increasingly threatening statements about unleashing an "all-out war" backed by nuclear weapons.

Some have included similar warnings of looming strikes on US bases in the Pacific region, including Guam.
North Korea was particularly incensed that nuclear-capable US B-52 bombers flying out of Andersen Air base on Guam took part in recent joint South Korea-US military exercises.

"We will demonstrate the firm resolution of our people and military to protect our sovereignty and dignity through real military action," Tuesday's statement warned.

"There is no greater delusion than the idea that they will have an opportunity for retaliation," it added.

The statement coincided with the third anniversary of the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel by what Seoul insists was a North Korean submarine. Pyongyang has always denied any involvement.

Addressing a memorial ceremony for the 46 sailors who died in the incident, Park Geun-Hye, the South Korean President, the North that its only "path to survival" lay in abandoning its nuclear and missile programmes.- Telegraph, North Korea Rockets

WEB Notes: I do not believe NK is a creditable threat in any sense of the word. They are apart of the wrong "paradigm" thus why they are the enemy... Libya and Iraq both were not playing well with the international banking cartel thus there demise. The same can be said for North Korea.

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