N Korea says US push­ing peninsula to ‘ex­plo­sion’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

NORTH Korea yes­ter­day ac­cused the United States of push­ing the Korean Peninsula to “the point of ex­plo­sion” af­ter it dis­patched two huge bombers in a show of force against Py­ongyang.

The su­per­sonic B-1B Lancers flew over South Korea on Septem­ber 13 as Wash­ing­ton vowed its “un­shake­able com­mit­ment” to de­fend its al­lies in the re­gion fol­low­ing North Korea’s fifth and largest-ever nu­clear test con­ducted last week.

Wash­ing­ton called the demon­stra­tion “just one ex­am­ple of the full range of mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties”. It took sim­i­lar mil­i­tary ac­tions fol­low­ing pre­vi­ous atomic tests.

North Korea la­belled the fly­over by the “in­fa­mous” nu­clear bombers as Wash­ing­ton’s at­tempt to seek “an op­por­tu­nity of mount­ing a pre­emp­tive nu­clear at­tack”, re­fer­ring to US plans to de­ploy fur­ther strate­gic as­sets to the peninsula.

“These ex­tremely reck­less provo­ca­tions of the US im­pe­ri­al­ist war­mon­gers are push­ing the sit­u­a­tion on the Korean peninsula to the point of ex­plo­sion hour by hour,” the state-run KCNA news agency said.

It warned that the North Korean army was fully armed with “all means of coun­ter­ac­tion” to strike back at any en­emy at­tack in “a sin­gle blow”.

Wash­ing­ton is plan­ning to send the nu­clear-pow­ered air­craft car­rier the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan and the Ja­pan­based Car­rier Strike Group Five to South Korean wa­ters next month for a joint naval ex­er­cise.

South Korea hosts 28,000 US troops as the two Koreas tech­ni­cally re­main at war since the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in an armistice in­stead of a peace treaty.

The bombers’ flight came af­ter the North car­ried out what it de­scribed as a “nu­clear war­head test” and vowed to take fur­ther mea­sures to in­crease its nu­clear strike force “in qual­ity and in quan­tity”. –

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