Pyongyang said it may attack US and South Korean troops participating in an annual joint military exercise, which North Korea believes could be a cover for military aggression against it.
“They should be mindful that the [North Korean Army] will deal deadly blows without prior warning any time as long as the... troops of the US and South Korean puppet forces involved in the ‘special operation’ and ‘preemptive attack’ targeting the DPRK remain deployed in and around South Korea,” North Korean news agency KCNA said on Sunday, citing a statement from the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA).
“The KPA will not remain a passive onlooker to hordes of robbers trying to hurt our people with daggers,” it added.
The statement claimed that the presence of American commando troops, which can be used to target North Korean leadership and key infrastructure, would justify such an attack.
The US and South Korea are currently holding a series of joint military exercises called Foal Eagle and Key Resolve.
MT @Amphib7FLT: A MH-53 helicopter from HM-14 2A and #USSChief search for mines during #FoalEagle in waters off of the Republic of Korea. pic.twitter.com/y8A5TFDLWu
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) March 25, 2017
This week, the Americans participated in a drill for a potential raid against Pyongyang’s stockpile of chemical weapons, US Forces Korea (USFK) said in a statement on Sunday, as cited by South Korean media.
The exercise conducted as part of the annual war games at a shooting range in Paju, Gyeonggi Province involved CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters dropping a team of commando troops at a simulated North Korean chemical weapons plant.
U.S. and ROK #MarineCorps hold reconnaissance drills for Marine #paratroopers at Josari Drop Zone, South Korea. #KMEPpic.twitter.com/pXeW8KJCUI
— U.S. Pacific Command (@PacificCommand) March 25, 2017
Pyongyang considers joint war games staged by its southern neighbor and its American allies, which often involve scenarios of fighting against North Korean troops, provocative and threatening. It says its opponents are rehearsing for war and regularly threatens them with retaliation.
It also cites the presence of tens of thousands of enemy troops in the region to justify its development of nuclear weapons and rocket technologies.
The situation in the region remains tense amid the North Korean military build-up, South Korea’s regular drills, and heated rhetoric from both sides.(source)
North Korea Goes Combat Ready
Are the USA, South Korea, and Japan about to invade North Korea?
US Navy seals are gearing up for a ‘decapitation’ of the regime. Meanwhile, North Korea ordered their troops to prepare for combat.
Each year, there is a fair amount of escalation between the US, South Korea, Japan and North Korea; in large part that is because the Alliance (USA, South Korea, and Japan) holds large-scale drills. However, this year, North Korea’s response is a particular concern to the alliance because of the increased missile launches which have landed extremely close to Japan.
The following comes from the Yonhap News Agency;
U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict, a military official said Monday.
The U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six will join the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises between the two allies for the first time, along with the Army’s Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.
“A bigger number of and more diverse U.S. special operation forces will take part in this year’s Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises to practice missions to infiltrate into the North, remove the North’s war command and demolition of its key military facilities,” the official told Yonhap News Agency asking not to be named.
The Foal Eagle exercise started March 1 and will run through the end of April. On Monday, the Key Resolve computer-simulated command post exercise began and will run through March 24.
Seoul and Washington said the joint drills are purely defensive, but Pyongyang has denounced them as rehearsal for an invasion.
In response to the alliance’s actions North Korea, Kim Jung Un, has ordered the army to prepare for combat, the following is from DailyNK:
The North Korean authorities have ordered the entire army into “combat mode,” a move interpreted as an attempt to tighten security and consolidate sentiment in response to Foal Eagle (FE), the annual military drills conducted by South Korea and the US, which began in early March.
A source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK that following the order from Kim Jong Un, every last soldier– even if away on business, on leave, off-base for training, or even those with a recent death in the family–were ordered back to their units. The authorities have ordered the military police in each region to summon all soldiers back to their bases.
“The 1st Corps was ordered to fully prepare for combat. In particular, they were instructed to move mechanized combat equipment to strategic areas, including artillery pieces and tanks that were housed underground,” he said.
The 1st Corps is responsible for the defense of areas considered vulnerable due to their proximity to South Korea, including areas of North Hwanghae Province, South Hwanghae Province, and Kangwon Province. According to the source, combat equipment including cannons (except marine artillery shells), tanks, and armored vehicles, are normally stored in mines and are moved to strategic operational positions whenever combat readiness orders are handed down.
The last round of missile launches from North Korea landed just 200 nautical miles from Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proclaimed; “This clearly shows North Korea has entered a new stage of threat.”
What would come from a war with North Korea?
It was recently revealed that the provocateur missile launches into the Japanese waters were actually in preparation to strike US military bases in Japan. Interestingly enough, yet another country in the region, China, is also drilling to attack US military bases should things in the South China Sea get out of hand. While the development regarding provocative Chinese actions against the United States is no surprise, the question arises that if a crisis breaks out with the Alliance and North Korea, what role will China play?
Will China come to the aid of North Korea? Or will China destroy Korea? Donald Trump recently shed light on the reality that China is not doing nearly enough to curb the provocations from North Korea.
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