N. Korea's threat of a preemptive strike against U.S. is seen as evidence of crisis

April 2006
East-Asia-Intel Reports;4/12/2006, p3
The article focuses on North Korea's threat of a preemptive strike against U.S. In a speech, Korean Defense Minister Kim Il-Chol said "It is the traditional combat method of North Korea to directly counter the pressure and threat of aggression from the enemies, without yielding to them." "The U.S. is now talking about the six-party talks but in fact it is zealously inciting hostility toward North Korea while floating all sorts of sheer fictions, utterly indifferent to the talks," Kim said. In an apparent bid to boost the military's readiness, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has recently increased his tours of military units.


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