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North Korean soldiers issue battle cry as war rhetoric is ramped up


A picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 20, 2013 along with a statement saying that the North Korean army is completely ready to fight against South Korea and the United States.

By Ian Johnston, Staff Writer, NBC News

Kim Jong Un said on Wednesday that North Korea would attack U.S. military bases in the Pacific in addition to South Korea if its "enemies … make even the slightest movement," according to the North’s official KCNA news agency.

The North also hit out over deployment of a U.S. B-52 bomber to South Korea, warning of "all-out action" — the latest of a series of threats issued by Pyongyang.

KCNA news agency said, in its usual flowery rhetoric, that the presence of the bomber showed the U.S. was preparing for "a pre-emptive nuclear strike," echoing its own earlier threat to do that. Read the full story.


The North Korean army's command accused the United States of preparing for a nuclear war in its ongoing exercises with the South Korean military.

The youngest son of Kim Jong Il succeeded his late father in 2011, becoming the third member of his family to rule the unpredictable and reclusive communist state.