North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un announced this week that the country was inching closer to gearing itself up for war with the United States and the "puppet South Korean regime", according to Russian news site Pravda.
The announcement was made while the North Korean Air Force performed a series of exercises in recognition of the 62nd anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement.
Kim said the exercises were part of a plan to "round off preparations" for war, referring to the United States as "the chieftain of aggression" and South Korea as an extension of the U.S. eager to incite war with the North Korean country.
"Gone forever is the era when the United States blackmailed us with nukes," Kim said, nodding to the extent of his country's alleged preparations. "Now the United States is no longer a source of threat and fear for us and we are the very source of fear for it."
Large military exercises in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are usually greeted with messages of impending combat with the United States and South Korea--in February 2015, for instance, Kim told his military to prepare for war with the U.S. and its allies after a joint South Korea/U.S. naval drill.
Still, the DPRK's nuclear and missile programs certainly pose a threat to the U.S. and its allies, with military and technological advancements possibly representing a "significant new threat" to the United States in coming years.
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