SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — There are renewed threats today from North Korea, after U.S. stealth bombers took part yesterday in joint military drills with South Korea.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is warning that his rockets are ready to “settle accounts with the U.S.”
State media reported that he convened an “urgent operation meeting” of senior generals, and ordered his forces to be on standby. North Korea even released a photo of Kim and his senior generals in front of a map that read, “U.S. Mainland Strike Plan.”
But the rhetoric is mostly seen as an attempt by the North to coerce South Korea into softening its policies. North Korea is also looking to win direct talks and aid from Washington, and strengthen Kim’s credentials at home.