PYONGYANG, APR 11, (DNA) – North Korea has warned the country is ready for war after the U.S. deployed an armada of warships to waters off the Korean Peninsula. A spokesman for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) foreign ministry condemned the U.S. Navy’s order. ‘This goes to prove that the U.S. reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase,’ he said.
‘We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.’
The spokesman said North Korea would respond to the ‘provocateurs’ with a ‘powerful force of arms’.
‘We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms,’ the foreign ministry spokesman said, according to KCNA.
The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are already high because of U.S.-South Korea wargames now underway and recent ballistic missile tests by the
North. Pyongyang sees the annual maneuvers as a dress rehearsal for invasion, while the North’s long-range missile launches are a violation of U.N. resolutions.
Aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and its wing of fighter jets were scheduled to make port visits in Australia but were diverted to waters off North Korea after the country conducted more missile testing.
The Chinese army has reportedly deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border to prepare for pre-emptive attacks after the United States dropped airstrikes on Syria.
President Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria on Friday was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea.=DNA