North Korea warns of “merciless strikes” if US aircraft carrier violates its sovereignty

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Sideboys from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) render honors to Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, center left, Gen. Lee, Sun Jin, chairman of the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, center right, and Gen. Leem, Ho-young, deputy commander, Combined Force, Republic of Korea, center, on the flight deck.  SEAN M. CASTELLANO/U.S. NAVY PHOTO
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Sideboys from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) render honors to Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, center left, Gen. Lee, Sun Jin, chairman of the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, center right, and Gen. Leem, Ho-young, deputy commander, Combined Force, Republic of Korea, center, on the flight deck. SEAN M. CASTELLANO/U.S. NAVY PHOTO

North Korea warns of “merciless strikes” if US aircraft carrier violates its sovereignty

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: March 14, 2017

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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