As reported by Fox News, Kim Jong Un allegedly tells the North Korean army to ready themselves for war against the U.S. and its allies coinciding with the annual joint military drills conducted by the U.S. and South Korea on Monday. In response to the drills, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, prompting Seoul and Tokyo to accuse Pyongyang of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions.
“The prevailing situation where a great war for national reunification is at hand requires all the KPA (Korean People’s Army) units to become (elite) Guard Units fully prepared for war politically and ideologically, in military technique and materially,” Kim said, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
Kim also told his army to train to “tear to pieces the Stars Stripes.”
The missiles launched from the North Korean city of Nampo are presumed to be Scud-Cs with a range of some 490 kilometers. According to Yahoo News, missile tests by North Korea and Seoul defense ministry is banned by UN resolutions. Kim saw the military drills as rehearsals for invasion and is stated saying, “We will respond sternly and strongly to any provocation.”
This follows the tradition North Korea has of using missile tests as a means of expressing anger and “confrontational behavior.” A spokesman for the KPA General Staff was quoted saying that they were “inching close to the brink of war.”
He continued to say “The only means to cope with the aggression and war by the US imperialists and their followers is neither dialogue nor peace. They should be dealt with only by merciless strikes…”
North Korea has issued numerous threats on the U.S. in the past, including nuclear strikes, but has yet to acquire or build a missile with the ability to reach the United States’ mainland.