North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, has ordered his armed forces to prepare standby rockets to target the United States and South Korea. The move came in the aftermath of US stealth bombers’ practice mission over South Korea.
South Korean authorities said Pyongyang’s announcement could be an indication of either arrangements for missile tests or just more fiery rhetoric.
Kim reportedly approved the order during an emergency get-together with military officials early Friday. The order seems to be a reproduction of the move Tuesday when Pyongyang’s top armed authority ordered all its missile and artillery divisions to get ready to hit the US and South Korea in retribution to their joint military drills.
According to the North’s state-controlled KCNA news agency, Kim Jong Un "said he has judged the time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists in view of the prevailing situation.”
Reports suggest that the North aims to hit US targets, including US military facilities in South Korea and the Pacific. KCNA also issued photos of the North’s leader and his key military leaders grouped in front of a map apparently displaying attack possibilities on the US coasts.
North Korea has missiles that could without difficulty cause bloodbath in Seoul, but its longer-rage rockets, which Pyongyang claims can hit US Pacific bases, are unverified and security experts are cynical of the threats.
"If they make a reckless provocation with huge strategic forces, (we) should mercilessly strike the U.S. mainland, their stronghold, their military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea," KCNA reported, according to CNN.
Some South Korean news outlets have claimed that vehicle and troop movements have shot up at North Korean missile sites lately. The South’s national news agency, Yonhap, quoted an unnamed military source as saying that the North had been sending vehicles to Tongchang-ri, which is located in close proximity to the North Korea’s western border with China. Tongchang-ri is the place where Pyongyang’s Unha-3 rocket blasted off in December.
Meanwhile it has been learned that US and South Korean defense experts are continuously and closely watching any movements of Pyongyang’s missiles and artilleries.