North Korea threatened to wipe out the U.S. army bases in South Korea within a few minutes, warning of the “toughest countermeasures” against the U.S., the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday.
In a statement issued by the spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), the North blamed the Trump administration’s “reckless lunacy of military provocation” for increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The Trump administration is “flagrantly threatening and blackmailing” the DPRK as the U.S. “advertised” a military strike on a Syrian airbase on April 6 as “strong warning message” to the North, KCNA said in a Korean dispatch.
The North said the U.S. would make the “worst misjudgment” if they treat Pyongyang like Libya, Iraq which are the “victims of the U.S. invasion and suffering a miserable destiny.”
“With the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK, we will thoroughly smash all the brigandish political, economic, and military provocative moves in accordance with the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK,” the spokesperson of KPA General Staff said in the statement.
The DPRK said “North Korean-style unexpected preemptive strike plans” are included in the countermeasures, and warned that any counter attacks would be proportional to the level and type of U.S. provocation.
“Our army and people always maintain a turbulent state and full readiness so as to take all the toughest countermeasures, including a nuclear strike,” the KPA General Staff added.
Threatening to attack the United States Forces Korea (USFK) bases in South Korea, the North also warned the countermeasures would extend to U.S. allies.
“We don’t hide that the strongholds of evil such as the U.S. army bases including those at Osan, Gunsan, and Pyeongtaek as well as the Blue House in South Korea can be razed within a few minutes,” according to the statement carried by the KPA General Staff.
The DPRK said the effectiveness of an “annihilating blow” increases as the “ponderous targets including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier” gets close to the DPRK, referring to the U.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier.
The Carl Vinson Strike Group, which comprises a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, two guided missile destroyers, and a guided-missile cruiser, was originally scheduled to call on Australia, but is now on its way to the Korean Peninsula from Singapore.
“It should be remembered that the U.S. military base in Okinawa of Japan’s mainland, Guam and the Pacific theater of war and of course the U.S. mainland are within the scope of our Strategic Rocket Force,” the North Korean statement added.
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