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PYONGYANG, October 9 (Itar-Tass) —— North Korea “is ready to rebuff any nuclear and missile attack from the United States, South Korea and its allies,” a high-ranking official from the North Korean State Defence Committee said on Tuesday.
This decision “was taken to deteriorate as much as possible the situation on the Korean Peninsula and to provoke a war with North Korea at any moment under the false pretext of “a threat from the North.”
Eventually all recent statements, which the US top officials had made, including those of US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “about the intention to coexist peacefully with North Korea turned out to be a myth,” the North Korean high-ranking official said.
He warned that over a hostile policy from the US and South Korea “the army and people will increase the combat capability in all the ways to seek for the slogan “Destroy American imperialists – the bitterest enemies of the Korean people!” to be put in practice.”
North Korea does not conceal that “its revolutionary armed forces, including the strategic missile troops, can hit the US military sites, which are situated not only on the Korean land, but also in Japan, the island Guam in the Pacific and even on the US territory,” he said.
This North Korean military statement was made in retaliation to the plans, which South Korea had made public on Monday to deploy the missiles with a fire range from 550 to 800 kilometres within five years. Last Sunday Seoul and Washington stated that the countries had reached the agreements, which permit to increase the fire range of the South Korean ballistic missiles from 300 to 800 kilometres and the weight of the warheads.
The ballistic missile Taepodong-2, which North Korea is developing, is believed to have a fire range of more than 6,700 kilometres that makes it possible to reach some Alaska districts, South Korean media reported. Still, the recent attempt at its test-launch in North Korea turned out to be abortive.