North Korea Prepares Strike on U.S.

    Models of a mock North Korea Scud-B missile, center, and other South Korean missiles are displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 17, 2013. A South Korean military official said Saturday North Korea launched what appeared to be KN-02 missiles last week during its own drills. He won't say on what day it happened.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un approved a plan to prepare standby rockets to target the mainland U.S., the country’s state television said Friday. The move was retailiation for American stealth bombers conducting an exercise over South Korea. “It’s time to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists,” Kim Jong Un said in a meeting with military leaders, adding that he was preparing for a “merciless strike.” U.S. officials said the North Korean regime has issued a blizzard of threats recently, but that the rocket announcement wouldn't be dismissed as bluster.

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