[Pacific Daily News] North Korea threatens U.S. bases on Guam, Okinawa
Mar. 21, 2013 2:28 PM
In this April 11, 2012 image made from KRT video, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un applauds as he attends a conference of the ruling Worker’s Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim has been named to fill two key party posts previously held by his late father Kim Jong Il. State media says Kim Jong Un is now chairman of the ruling party’s Central Military Commission and a standing member of the Political Bureau. (AP Photo/KRT via AP video) NORTH KOREA OUT, TV OUT
North Korea is threatening to attack U.S. military bases on Guam and Okinawa.
North Korea threatened to target U.S. airbases as it issued an air raid alert on Thursday and ordered its military to stand ready, the country’s state media reported.
“The United States is advised not to forget that our precision target tools have within their range the Anderson Air Force base on Guam where the B-52 takes off, as well as the Japanese mainland where nuclear powered submarines are deployed and the navy bases on Okinawa,” the North Korean command spokesman was quoted as saying by KCNA news agency.
As of 3 p.m. today, Andersen Air Force Base public affairs officials said security levels haven’t been increased for the military facility.
The threats came as a response to the use of nuclear-armed US B-52 bombers in joint war games South Korea held with the US. “We cannot tolerate the US carrying out nuclear strike drills, setting us as targets, and advertising them as strong warning messages,” the spokesman said.
The U.S. should not forget that the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam where B-52 takes off and naval bases in Japan proper and Okinawa where nuclear-powered submarines are launched are within the striking range of the DPRK’s precision strike means.
Now that the U.S. started open nuclear blackmail and threat, the DPRK, too, will move to take corresponding military actions.
The DPRK’s declaration that it will react to the nukes of the enemy with nuclear attack more powerful than them is by no means an empty talk.
The air raid alert was issued at 9:32 a.m. local time (00:32 am GMT) with military units and civilians told to take cover, Korean Central Television said.
A news report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency suggested that the warning appears to be a part of a military drill, though this has not been confirmed by Pyongyang.
Channel News Asia is reporting that Military tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level for years, with North Korea — angered by UN sanctions imposed after its nuclear test last month — threatening a second Korean War backed by nuclear weapons.
B-52s have taken part in South Korea-US joint exercises before, but the Pentagon said it had publicized their use this time to underline US commitment to defending its South Korean ally.
“If the enemy threatens us with nuclear weapons, we will respond with stronger nuclear attacks,” the North’s army spokesman warned.