According to North Korean state media, dictator and baby daddy Kim Jong-un has signed off on a plan for DPRK forces to target the US mainland and American bases in east Asia following a flyover of the country by US B-2 bombers. Photos released alongside the announcement also appear to show plans for a strike on the US mainland.
NKNews reports that the photos, published in a state-run newspaper, are likely intended for a domestic audience.
In a photo published in the Korea Worker’s Party (KWP) paper the Rodong, plans for a strike on the U.S. mainland are clearly -and therefore probably deliberately- visible. The newspaper is widely distributed in cities, and often displayed in public places for easy viewing.
The text on the map in the background of the photo (above, top left) reads: 미본토타격계획, ‘US Mainland Strike Plan’. While the ‘plan’ might embolden pro-regime North Koreans, NKNews points out that “most analysts agree North Korea would not be able to hit any U.S. mainland targets.”
Far more scarily, at least for those of us in East Asia, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports that there has been increased activity involving vehicles and troops at North Korea’s mid- and long- range missile bases.
“Sharply increased movements of vehicles and soldiers have been detected recently at North Korea’s mid and long-range missile sites,” South Korea’s Yonhap news quoted a military source as saying.
“There is a combat duty readiness in effect at the North’s missile units since February 26 so there is a possibility they will actually fire.”
Analysts suggest that despite the DPRK regime’s recent belligerent statements, the increased activity may point towards an upcoming missile test, not a military strike.
Speaking after North Korea’s most recent nuclear weapons test, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said: “If North Korea is to attack the South with its nuclear weapons… Kim Jong Un’s regime will cease to exist on the face of Earth.”