North Korean Army Ready to 'Strike US Pacific Bases, Mainland'World | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 09:26| views
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North Korea's army, inculding strategic missiles, have been put in combat ready status Tuesday, following an unprecedented rise of tensions with South Korea and the US.
Orders have been issued to prepare strikes against Guam, Hawaii, and the US mainland, according to North Korea's state information agency.
A statement from the Korean People’s Army supreme command has ordered "all artillery troops including strategic rocket units and long-range artillery units to be placed under class-A combat readiness."
Pyongyang is not believed to possess ballistic missiles capable of reaching Hawaii, much less continental US, but the statement is interpreted as an extreme exacerbation of tensions.
Moreover, the country's arsenal is believed to be capable of reaching nearer US bases, such as those located in Japan and Guam.
Since the UN Security Council tightened sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear test in February, Pyongyang has issued a range of drastic threats including "pre-emptive" nuclear strikes.
It also announced it was scrapping the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, but its rhetoric has yet to be matched by any overt military action.
Earlier, at the 3rd anniversary of the last exchange of hostilities between the North and the South, South Korean President Park Geun-hye stated that the only way for the North to survive is to scrap its nuclear program.
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