North Korea made its displeasure known as the United States and its Asian allies Japan and South Korea have initiated a joint naval exercise, and has said that the isolated country was ordering a general mobilization of its armed forces, warning the drills could bring “unpredictable disasters.”
According to a statement from a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army distributed by the official Korean Central News Agency, North Korean armed forces have received an “emergency order” to “keep themselves fully ready to promptly launch operations any time.” The North Korean statement said that the country took issue with the presence of the U.S. nuclear-power carrier George Washington in South Korea, saying that the warship has “more than 100 nuclear bombs aboard.” The USS George Washington did arrive on Friday at South Korea’s the southern port city of Busan, and is now leading a three-nation naval task force that will take part in the naval exercises. “The U.S. will be wholly accountable for the unexpected horrible disaster to be met by its imperialist aggression forces’ nuclear strike means as it is deploying them regardless of the time,” the statement further added.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s Defense Ministry described the joint naval exercises as “routine” and said that the exercise is aimed at improving inter-operability and cooperation between the naval forces of the three nations for conducting operations on humanitarian grounds. But it seems that the North is having none of this, as a statement released on Monday by spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, warned that it will carry out “preemptive strikes” to counter whatever military provocations are done by South Korea and the United States. The statement made clear what Pyongyang thinks about the United States and talking about denuclearization when according to it, the United States is bent on invading the country, shows the hypocrisy on the part of Washington.
[via Global Post]