North Korea ‘Ready for Combat’ With US

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers a New Year address in Pyongyang. (Photo: Reuters)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers a New Year address in Pyongyang. (Photo: Reuters)

SEOUL — North Korea repeated threats on Tuesday to target US military bases as Washington and its allies tightened economic sanctions against the isolated country by targeting Pyongyang’s main foreign exchange bank with new measures.

The rhetoric from North Korea—which has threatened the United States with nuclear war and rehearsed drone attacks on South Korea—and Washington’s hardening reaction, drew more concern from China, Pyongyang’s only major ally, which said the situation was “sensitive”.

Pyongyang says United Nations sanctions, agreed after North Korea carried out a third nuclear test in February, are part of a Washington-led plot to topple its leadership.

“From this moment, the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army will be putting into combat duty posture No. 1 all field artillery units, including long-range artillery units and strategic rocket units, that will target all enemy objects in US invasionary bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam,” the North’s KCNA news agency said.

The order was issued in a statement from the North Korea’s military “supreme command.”

The Pentagon condemned North Korea’s rhetoric, saying it was designed to “raise tensions and intimidate others.”

“They need to stop threatening peace on the peninsula. That doesn’t help anyone … and we stand ready to respond to any contingency,” Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.

The Pentagon has declined to define the range of North Korea’s rockets, saying it is classified. But Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged on March 15 that one type of North Korean missile likely had the range to reach the United States.

South Korea’s defense ministry said it saw no sign of imminent military action by North Korea and most military analysts say Pyongyang will not risk a conflict with the United States that it would lose.

South Korea and the US military are conducting military drills until the end of April, which they have stressed are strictly defensive in nature. The North accuses Washington of war preparations by using B-52 bombers which have flown over the Korean peninsula as part of the drills, and it has abrogated an armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Pentagon said there have been three such flights by US B-52 bombers since March 8, with the most recent one on Monday.

Officials said Japan and Australia plan to impose sanctions on North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank as part of US-led efforts targeting Pyongyang’s funding for its nuclear program.

China again called on all parties to show restraint. “At present, the situation on the Korean peninsula remains complex and sensitive,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.


8 Responses to North Korea ‘Ready for Combat’ With US

  1. U.S. is also ready to retaliate the N. Korea in any possible way.Action speak louder than words.

  2. George Than Setkyar Heine

    “From this moment, the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army will be putting into combat duty posture No. 1 all field artillery units, including long-range artillery units and strategic rocket units, that will target all enemy objects in US invasionary bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam,” the North’s KCNA news agency said.
    DO YOU BUY THAT CRAP guys?
    I don’t of course.
    Remember, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE they say.
    “They need to stop threatening peace on the peninsula. That doesn’t help anyone … and we stand ready to respond to any contingency,” Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.
    That’s a BIT REALISTIC of course.
    China again called on all parties to show restraint. “At present, the situation on the Korean peninsula remains complex and sensitive,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.
    Again CHINA!
    How many times already?
    The LITTLE LEADER in PYONGYANG is in fact, Xi Linping’s latest addition to his brood of CANINES showing TEETH today of course.
    However, YOU CAN’T TRUST a CANINE specifically on leash held by the communists in Beijing as well trust me.
    Anyway, OBAMA KNOWS BEST in this GAME of course I have to admit.
    Best bet for the world is to PUT the LITTLE LEADER in PYONGYANG in HIS PLACE or OBAMA would RUE the DAY when the Chinese communists CALL the WHITE HOUSE their HOME HOLDING the LITTLE LEADER on a LEASH some day in the very near future as well I say!

  3. Young leader thinks careful

  4. Many hill tribes in Asia know how to do firework from bet waste and fire up into the sky as rocket for New Year celebration or traditional ceremony. I think that is what North Korea has been doing and pretending that they are inventing nuclear war head. The fact of the matter is that they are poor but want to maintain their dignity and don’t simply wanted to ask for help by undignified way but making firework as an indication of fake nuclear war head to draw international attention in exchange of assistance to develop their country. Let them fire up the firework and it will only end dropping on their own houses and burn themselves, it won’t reach America. Eventually, they will stop pursuing this route to develop their nation in counterproductive way.

  5. North Korean leader is overconfident to challenge the war with US just to show off his nerves only for his young age. He would definitely lose the war in the long run.Not more than a impetuous threat.

  6. Aside from Iran, no country can shoot itself better in the foot than North Korea. There must be something in the water over there.

  7. Is Kim Jong Un digging his own grave too soon? What does he know about behaving among international community? He seems he is going nowhere.

  8. I love peace.

    On the bright side, North Korea can’t supply a conventional army in the field for more than a few weeks. On paper they can last forever, then they’ll start starving, run out of ammo, and get their logistics all screwed up. They hope and pray that their long range missiles don’t blow up in their launch pads. And they’re lucky they don’t hurt themselves with their nuclear testing.

    The Korean War in the 1950’s was so nasty because the USSR and China provided heavy duty support to the North Koreans. This was Communism versus Capitalism. You just aren’t going to see a replay of that fight.

    If North Korea starts a war, it realistically can’t expect any help from anyone. Russia won’t lift a finger to help them. If China helps them, it will only be carrying out a strategy to turn North Korea into its next new province. Iran would like to help, but it’s support of Syria’s Assad has made Iran’s government as shaky as a drunk with dt’s. With a continuously collapsing economy, they just can’t afford it, and the people will eventually take to the streets over it. Chavez is gone, and the Castro brothers aren’t good for much more than moral support. And, then again, maybe even North Korea’s friends will turn on them. There’s no future in backing losers.

    If the South Koreans played this appropriately, they’d hammer the North Korean government the next time the North Koreans fired a weapon at them. Just stomp the North Korean leadership, and don’t stop until they formally resign. Belarus can have some new refugees. Then peace can come to the Korean peninsula.

    There is an easier way. Perhaps someone can show the North Koreans what smiles look like. If North Korea smiled at its neighbors, I’m sure they’d smile back.

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