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WHITE HOUSE: N. Korea Threats Deepen Its Isolation

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) -- The White House says North Korean threats to train rocket fire on the U.S. only deepen the country's isolation from the world.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Friday that his rocket forces were ready, quote, "to settle accounts with the U.S." The threat came after nuclear-capable American B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions during routine joint military drills with South Korea.

In response, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. has both the capability and willingness to defend its interests in the region.

He called on North Korea to put its people first by ending its, quote, "bellicose rhetoric," abandoning its nuclear program and living up to its international obligations. Earnest spoke to reporters as President Barack Obama flew to Florida for an event.


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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Military analysts say North Korea is likely years away from being able to carry out a threat to strike the U.S. with long-range missiles.

The regime's new leader -- Kim Jong Un -- says his rocket forces are ready "to settle accounts with the U.S."

The latest hostile rhetoric is a reaction to the U.S. sending B-2 stealth bombers to take part in this week's joint training drills with South Korea.


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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his forces on standby to strike the U.S. mainland, South Korea, Guam and Hawaii.

State media say Kim "convened an urgent operation meeting" of senior generals just after midnight and signed a rocket preparation plan.

The North is fuming after U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions in joint military drills with South Korea yesterday.


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