North Korea Renews Threats

SEOUL, South Korea (March 29, 2013)—North Korea renewed threats Friday after U.S. stealth bombers took part in joint military drills Thursday with South Korea.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un warned that his rockets are ready to "settle accounts with the U.S."

State media reported that he convened an "urgent operation meeting" of senior generals, and ordered his forces to be on standby.

North Korea released a photo of Kim and his senior generals in front of a map that read, "U.S. Mainland Strike Plan,” but the rhetoric is mostly seen as an attempt by the North to coerce South Korea into softening its policies.

North Korea is also looking to win direct talks and aid from Washington, and strengthen Kim's credentials at home.

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