White House: NKorea threats deepen its isolation

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UPDATE 10:18 A.M.

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) -- The White House says North Korean threats to train rocket fire on the U.S. only deepen the country's isolation from the world.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Friday that his rocket forces were ready, quote, "to settle accounts with the U.S." The threat came after nuclear-capable American B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions during routine joint military drills with South Korea.

In response, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. has both the capability and willingness to defend its interests in the region.

He called on North Korea to put its people first by ending its, quote, "bellicose rhetoric," abandoning its nuclear program and living up to its international obligations. Earnest spoke to reporters as President Barack Obama flew to Florida for an event.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- There are renewed threats today from North Korea, after U.S. stealth bombers took part yesterday in joint military drills with South Korea.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) is warning 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 even 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.