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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with army top brass at an urgent meeting in Pyongyang on Friday.PHoto: Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with army top brass at an urgent meeting in Pyongyang on Friday.PHoto: Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday ordered missile units to prepare to strike U.S. mainland and military bases, vowing to "settle accounts" after U.S. stealth bombers flew over South Korea. The order came as U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Washington would not be cowed by Pyongyang's bellicose threats and stood ready to respond to "any eventuality". Kim directed his rocket units on standby at an overnight emergency meeting with top army commanders, hours after nuclear-capable U.S. B-2 stealth bombers were deployed in ongoing U.S. joint military drills with South Korea.

In the event of any "reckless" U.S. provocation, North Korean forces should "mercilessly strike the U.S. mainland... military bases in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea", he was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency.


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