According to Reuters, North Korea has readied its rockets to attack US military bases in South Korea and the Pacific Ocean after the US made a show of force earlier today by flying stealth bombers over South Korea. Kim Jong Un had apparently signed off an order for North Korea’s rockets to be “on standby for fire”.
The official KCNA news agency said:
“He finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the KPA (Korean People’s Army), ordering them to be on standby for fire so that they may strike any time the U.S. mainland, its military bases in the operational theatres in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea.”
Of course, this being North Korea, you never know what’s what. Though North Korea does have missiles that could hit South Korea, their longer range missiles remain untested. As for the US and flying bombers to Korea, it was a pretty rare move by our military. The B-2 bombers flew over 10,000km from Missouri to South Korea to drop inert bombs. The Pentagon said it was the first time the B-2 bombers made the round trip. [Reuters]