North Korea has warned Washington of “merciless” retaliatory attacks if a US navy aircraft carrier strike group violates its sovereignty during joint war games with South Korean forces.
“If they infringe on the DPRK’s sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater,” Pyongyang’s state news agency KCNA announced on Tuesday. The DPRK is an acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea.
The statement came after the arrival of the strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson, which has 5,500 crew members and includes the destroyer Wayne E. Meyer as well as military aircraft.
The deployment, which was also slammed in the statement as a “scheme to attack” North Korea, comes amid annual joint Washington-Seoul war games that began on March 1.
“On March 11 alone, many enemy carrier-based aircraft flew along a course near territorial air and waters of the DPRK to stage drills of dropping bombs and making surprise attacks on the ground targets of its army,” the KCNA report added.—Agencies