US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel stated that North Koreas “new young leader” is “ratcheting up the danger” according to reports, raising concern by some.
March 28, 2013
PYONGYANG — Friday morning the North Korean Strategic Rocket Force was put on alert standby after a decree was signed stating that ballistic missiles would now be permanently targeting military installations in Hawaii (US), Guam, and South Korea.
According to RT, all of this stems from a rare long-range mission which took place Thursday over the Korean Peninsula, “It follows a US B-2 flyover of South Korea that saw dummy ammunition dropped as part of a joint military drill Thursday.
The North Korean leader and army marshal Kim Jong-un declared that “the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK would react to the US nuclear blackmail with a merciless nuclear attack, and war of aggression with an all-out war of justice,” according to KCNA.”
The New York Times gives some details on just what that mission entailed, “The two B-2 Spirit bombers showed the United States’ ability to “provide extended deterrence to our allies in the Asia-Pacific region” and to “conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will,” the American command in the South Korean capital, Seoul, said in a statement.
The last time B-2s flew over South Korea was in 2000, but in that exercise the bombers flew from runways on the Pacific island base of Guam. This mission was the first time the bat-winged B-2s were launched toward the Korean Peninsula on a nonstop, round-trip mission from the United States. The bombers dropped inert munitions, not live explosives, on a range off South Korea’s coast.
While the mock bombing run was part of a previously planned joint exercise between South Korean and American forces, it came at a time of rising rhetorical tension with the North. At a Pentagon news conference on Thursday, senior officials made clear that the mission was intended to serve as a deterrent to North Korea — and to reassure South Korea and Japan, both allies.”
Some attribute the threats to the new and young leaders inexperience.
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