Kim Jong Un has ordered North Korean rocket forces to be ready to strike the U.S. and South Korea as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel denounced the Hermit Kingdom’s “provocative actions and belligerent tone.”
Kim’s orders came during an unusual Friday war-council meeting shortly after midnight following Thursday’s flight over South Korea by a pair of American B-2 bombers. “The United States and South Korea have not been involved in provocating anything,” Hagel said Thursday. “We, over the years, have been engaged with South Korea on joint exercises. The B-2 flight was part of that.”
North Korea had a different view, according to an account of Kim’s action carried by the state-run Korea Central News Agency:
The U.S. imperialists let B-2A make sorties over South Korea in succession, indicating once again that their hostile acts against the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] have entered a reckless phase, going beyond the phase of threat and blackmail, he said. B-2A’s flight to the sky above South Korea is not a simple demonstration of forces in reaction to the tough stand of the DPRK but an ultimatum that they will ignite a nuclear war at any cost on the Korean Peninsula, he noted, underlining the need to put a definite end to the times when they could threaten and blackmail the DPRK with nukes.
U.S. officials dismiss the North Korean threat to strike the U.S. mainland with nuclear missiles, insisting Pyongyang has neither the missiles capable of crossing the Pacific nor nuclear weapons small enough to fit atop them.
Leave it up to those wacky animators at Taiwan’s NMA.tv to figure out Kim’s secret weapon: