North Korea Preps Rockets, Citing US 'Ultimatum'
Thousands rally against US in Pyongyang
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2013 4:24 AM CDT
Updated Mar 29, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
North Koreans gather at a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, March 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

(Newser) – The US B-2 bomber flights over the Korean peninsula amounted to an "ultimatum," the North says—so it has put its rockets on standby, aimed at US military bases. Leaders decided late last night that "the time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists," official state news said, per Reuters. Kim Jong Un ordered rockets "to be on standby ... so that they may strike any time the US mainland, its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea."

Indeed, there has been heightened activity at the North's missile sites, South Korea's Yonhap News notes. US defense secretary Chuck Hagel said yesterday that the flights weren't meant to provoke the North and were simply part of regular exercises, the AP reports. Still, "we must make clear that these provocations by the North are taken by us very seriously and we'll respond to that," he noted, per the BBC. Meanwhile, a giant rally in Pyongyang drew thousands, including soldiers and students, who chanted "death to the US imperialists" and "sweep away the US aggressors," the AP reports.

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Mar 30, 2013 5:02 AM CDT
Did some quick research on NK esteem issues & I think I found their problem: (check the bottom of the list.) A relief effort to send codpieces to all NK males might give them something safer to strut. It's all quite pathetic.
Mar 30, 2013 2:55 AM CDT
dont you realize you are giving KJU what he wants. he is new to the business, he has done nothing really big and has yet to establish himself as one of the greatest dictators of all times. i wish your government would just let him talk and not pay attention to him. why are you so scared this time? you start wars all the time, everywhere in the world with the worlds most cruel leaders, and this little coward is the one to make you shake in your boots? wtf usa?
Mar 30, 2013 1:35 AM CDT
"Never argue with a Bee, it has a Stingeree, be worker be Drone, it is best to leave it alone!" We are the Bees, we gather nectar, we produce the honey that everybody wants. We should just keep it that way. 1942