February 24, 2016 09:47
North Korea on Tuesday threatened to launch a "preemptive strike" on Cheong Wa Dae as massive joint South Korea-U.S. military drills loom.
"All our strategic and tactical means of strike will be mobilized to carry out preemptive, just operations," the North's Supreme Command said in a statement, if South Korean and U.S. special forces and equipment "which are mobilized for 'decapitation operations' and 'pinpoint strikes,' make the slightest slight move."
"The primary targets of strikes will be Cheong Wa Dae and reactionary ruling agencies, which are dens of plotters of confrontation," it warned.
It also threatened to attack U.S. "bases of aggression" in the Asia and Pacific region and mainland America.
The statement went on endlessly in a similar vein, boasting of "powerful, cutting-edge means of striking the U.S. as we please anytime, anywhere which no country in the world has ever had."
South Korea and the U.S. are mobilizing the biggest number of troops and equipment in the history of the annual joint maneuvers, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and F-22 stealth fighter jets.
A government official here speculated that the North "is especially upset by expressions such as 'decapitation' and 'regime collapse,'" which it considers an insult to Kim Jong-un.
The bombastic verbiage and flights of pure fantasy further fuel speculation that the old hardliners are firmly back in the saddle after internal power struggles in Pyongyang.
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