North Korea Forces Await ‘Final Strike Order’ from Kim Jong-un
MARCH 10, 2013
North Korea’s forces which include the military, the navy and the air force are reported to be awaiting “final order” from the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un to plunge into action.
Ahead of a ten-day joint computer-simulated drill to be conducted by the US and South Korea on 11 March, the North’s most widely circulated mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun said: “Our front-line military groups, the army, the navy and the air force, the anti-aircraft units and the strategic rocket units, who have entered the final all-out war stage, are awaiting the final order to strike.”
The mouthpiece said the North’s nuclear weapons are also in full readiness.
“Puppet regimes in the US and South Korea will be turned into a sea of fire in the blink of an eye,” said the daily, raising tensions further in the Korean peninsula.
South Korea and the US have been conducting a joint field training exercise codenamed Foal Eagle since 1 March which is likely to go on till the end of April.
Nearly 10,000 South Korean troops and 3,500 American forces along with fighter planes are involved in the manoeuvres.