N.Korean Leader Calls on Troops to 'Crush' U.S.

/Rodong Sinmun /Rodong Sinmun

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to triumph over the "hostile policy" of the U.S., the North's official Rodong Sinmun daily reported Wednesday, amid fresh tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim was attending a military commanders rally at Mt. Baekdu on Tuesday.

Kim accused the U.S. and other enemy nations of disregarding the regime's goodwill and generosity and instead trying harder than ever to destroy the North politically, isolate it economically, and annihilate it militarily.

He urged the military to "thoroughly crush the hostile U.S. policy against [the North] only by force."

Kim also said that he did everything he could to improve inter-Korean relations but the situation on the peninsula remained "grave."

His speech came just days after Pyongyang threatened to conduct a "new form" of nuclear test to protest UN condemnation of its recent ballistic missile launches.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 03, 2014 12:16 KST