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February 25, 2021

N. Korea threatens US bases in Japan, Guam

North Korea has issued a new military threat against the United States. Also Thursday, Pyongyang’s central broadcasting station sounded an air raid warning, the Voice of America reports. North Korean media quote a spokesman for the country’s army command threatening “corresponding military action” against American bases in the region. The fresh threat is tied to Pyongyang’s anger over nuclear-capable planes and submarines participating in an annual joint exercise with South Korean forces. An announcer on North Korean television quotes an unnamed military spokesman as saying the “United States should not forget that Andersen Air Force Base on Guam where B-52’s take off and naval bases in Japan and on Okinawa, where nuclear-powered submarines are launched, are within the striking range” of the North’s “precision strike means.” Pyongyang has also recently threatened the United States with a preemptive nuclear attack. Earlier in the day, Pyongyang’s central broadcasting station interrupted a recording of martial music for an alert to troops and civilians.

The announcer, on a relay from the army’s broadcasting station, repeatedly states “this is an air raid warning. Military units and units of all levels must quickly take measures to prevent damage from the enemy’s air strikes.” An hour later, North Korean broadcasters informed the country the air raid warning had been lifted. Kim Min-seok is a spokesman for South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense. Kim says South Korea’s military is paying attention to the situation and views the air raid warning in North Korea as an “autonomous drill.” The U.S. military, to demonstrate South Korea can rely on the nuclear umbrella it provides, has flown B-52 bombers over the peninsula during the current Foal Eagle joint drill. South Korean military officials say a U.S. nuclear attack submarine, capable of launching long-range Tomahawk cruise missiles, is also part of the exercise.

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