North Korea Threatens US Bases in Guam, Japan

They're within 'striking range,' says the North

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 21, 2013 4:00 AM CDT | Updated Mar 21, 2013 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – After the US announced it's flying B-52 bombers over South Korea, the North is issuing its latest warning: US military bases in Guam and Japan are in its "striking range." Said the country's military: "The US should not forget that the Andersen Air Force Base on Guam where the B-52s take off and naval bases in Japan ... where nuclear-powered submarines are launched are within the striking range of (North Korea's) precision strike means."

Pyongyang said it would "take corresponding military actions" over US "nuclear blackmail and threat." The bases do seem to be within the North's conventional-weapons range, CNN notes. Meanwhile, the North announced an air raid warning today, calling on military units to be ready, according to South Korea—but the warning was apparently linked to a defense drill, Reuters reports.

Visitors look at North Korea through binoculars at the Unification Observation Post in Paju near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Visitors look at North Korea through binoculars at the Unification Observation Post in Paju near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an F-22 Raptor arrives at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on Sunday, July 20, 2008.
In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an F-22 Raptor arrives at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on Sunday, July 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)
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