North Korea orders rocket units on standby

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(CNN) — North Korea’s leader has signed off on a plan to prepare rockets to be on standby for firing at U.S. targets, including the U.S. mainland and military bases in the Pacific and in South Korea, state media reported.

In a meeting with military leaders early Friday, Kim Jung Un “said he has judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation,” the state-run KCNA news agency reported.

“If they make a reckless provocation with huge strategic forces, the KPA should mercilessly strike the U.S. mainland, their stronghold, their military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea, he said,” KCNA said.

The U.S. decision to fly B-2 spirit bombers over South Korea in military exercises was “an ultimatum that they will ignite a nuclear war at any cost on the Korean Peninsula,” the North Korean state news agency said.

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