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N. Korea leader orders rocket units on standby to hit US bases

Published on Mar 29, 2013 6:57 AM
This photo taken on March 24, 2013 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 25 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (5th, right) inspecting the Korean People's Army Unit 1501 at an undisclosed location in North Korea. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KCNA SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un orders the country's rocket units to be on standby to attack United States (US) military bases in South Korea and the Pacific in an emergency meeting on Friday after the US flew Stealth bombers in a show of force to Pyongyang.

The North's official KCNA news agency said Mr Kim signed off on the orders at a midnight meeting of top generals and "judged the time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists in view of the prevailing situation".

"He finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the KPA, ordering them to be standby for fire so that they may strike any time the US mainland, its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea."