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DPRK threatens to target U.S. troops in South Korea

Updated: Jul 29, 2016 18:59 IST

Pyongyang , July 29 (ANI): The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has threatened that the U.S. troops in South Korea would be the primary target of any DPRK strike and has urged Seoul to change its pro-America policy.

DPRK also called for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Korean peninsula.

Lashing out at the growing U.S. military presence in South Korea and describing U.S. troops there as a "time bomb," a spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea said that U.S. troops stationed in South Korea would be the primary target of any DPRK strike.

The spokesman also accused Washington of sending a Patriot PAC-3 anti-ballistic missile battery for a military drill from Okinawa to a U.S. Air Force base in the city of Kunsan in South Korea, in the wake of a joint decision by Seoul and Washington to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on the Korean Peninsula.

Reportedly, the drill was aimed at rapidly shipping the missile interceptor from Japan to South Korea in case a conflict erupts.

"These are extremely dangerous military provocations as they further escalate tension on the Korean Peninsula and disturb regional peace and security," the spokesman said.

Last week, the DPRK fired off three ballistic missiles in a show of force against the THAAD deployment. (ANI)