Originally posted on National Post | News:

The Pentagon is prepared to “respond to any contingency” after North Korea again threatened to strike targets in Guam, Hawaii and the continental U.S.

North Korea’s Supreme Command announced yesterday that it had elevated its artillery and strategic missile forces to “combat-ready posture,” adding that it was prepared to strike South Korea, Japan and U.S. territory.

North Korea said it would “show off our army and people’s stern reaction to safeguard our sovereignty and the highest dignity through military actions.”

The comments were condemned by the Pentagon as “bellicose rhetoric.”

“We are concerned by any threat raised by the North Koreans,” said George Little, a spokesman. “We take everything they say and everything they do very seriously. They need to stop threatening peace — that doesn’t help anyone.”

He added: “North Korea will achieve nothing by threats or provocations which will only further isolate North Korea and undermine international efforts…

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