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N. Korea claims U.S. invasion imminent, threatens nuclear strike

All Headlines 17:13 August 13, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Saturday accused the United States of seeking to invade the communist state in the near future, and threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the U.S. at any sign of such a move.

"The U.S. attempt to invade the DPRK is getting evermore reckless," the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a signed commentary, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The commentary came three days after Washington said it has deployed three B-2 stealth bombers to Guam in response to repeated and heightened provocations from the communist North that included recent missile launches.

Pyongyang, however, claimed the deployment of nuclear capable U.S. bombers only showed U.S. intention to invade the North.

"The U.S. evermore undisguised reinforcement of the nuclear force goes to clearly prove that it is trying to make a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK a fait accompli," said the commentary.

It went to say the North might strike first if necessary.

"The right to make a preemptive nuclear strike is not the monopoly of the U.S.," it said.

"The DPRK's revolutionary armed forces switched from their existing mode of military counter-action to the mode of a preemptive strike to cope with the enemy's ridiculous military hysteria to undermine its sovereignty and right to existence. All their operational groups are fully ready to deal a merciless and annihilating blow to the enemy if they make even the slightest provocation," it added.

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