Pyongyang Steps up Anti-US Rhetoric Ahead of Military Drills

North Korea has warned the US that it lies 'within range' of its nuclear and missile capabilities
February 27th, 2013

SEOUL – A North Korean propaganda outlet has produced another anti-U.S. video that shows American soldiers with crosshairs superimposed over their heads, and has warned in an Uriminzokkiri article that the U.S. lies within range of North Korean strategic missiles and nuclear weapons.

“If the U.S. imperialists lose their minds with their schemes to stifle us with isolation and it leads to war, then our military and people will use our great power to remove every source of the evil known as the U.S.”, the Daily NK quoted the Uriminzokkiri article as saying.

“The U.S. should know that it now lies within the range of our strategic rockets and nuclear weapons”, the article said. The official North Korean YouTube account, an extension of the Uriminzokkiri website also uploaded the below video featuring US soldiers with a crosshair superimposed over their heads.

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North Korea has announced military exercises ahead of joint US-ROK joint drills that begin this Friday. In a statement, United States Forces Korea (USFK) announced that “Foal Eagle” would run from March 1st to April 30th, and would consist of “20 separate but inter-related joint and combined field training exercises…spanning ground, air, naval, expeditionary, and special operations.”

Approximately 10,000 U.S. troops and an unspecified number of South Korean troops will participate.

North Korean state mouthpiece the Rodongcalled the exercises an “extremely perilous provocation for nuclear preemptive strike [sic]”, and said that the situation “may bring about an all-out war.”


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