North Korea warns of “merciless strikes” if US aircraft carrier violates its sovereignty
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned of “merciless ultra-precision strikes” over U.S.-South Korean war games as a nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier joined the drills.
The allies are conducting annual military exercises, which they insist are defensive in nature. But the drills are a major point of contention with Pyongyang, which alleges they’re a rehearsal for an invasion.
North Korea’s state-run news agency said the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson in the waters off the divided peninsula is part of a “reckless scheme” for pre-emptive strikes against it.
The Korean Central News Agency warned that “nuclear-powered carriers and all other strategic assets of the U.S. imperialists are in sight” of its army.
“If they infringe on [North Korea’s] sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater,” it said, adding “the war maniacs had better stop acting rashly.”
The Nimitz-class Carl Vinson and about 5,500 crew members are on a patrol as part of the Foal Eagle exercises that began on March 1. The aircraft carrier and the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer are due to visit the southern port of Busan on Wednesday.
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