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But first on this Good Friday the most solemn day on the Christian calendar the US -- the next move after a threat of war halfway around the world.
Good morning to -- I'm John Scott hi everybody and gently in North Korea today ramping up its rhetoric again and reportedly.
Readying its military the leader there Kim Jong-un says his rockets are ready to quote.
Settle accounts with the United States.
This comes one day after a powerful military message from -- CNN the Pentagon sending two nuclear capable stealth bombers on a fly over.
Right around the Korean Peninsula just to make sure they -- I NASA security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is live at the Pentagon with more on this continuing.
To develop stories so.
Jennifer what is North Korea specifically planning to do what are they saying.
Well it's -- to say Jenna but right now.
Kim Jung and is backing himself into a corner and the Pentagon is very worried that he may put himself in a position that if he doesn't do something.
He will lose face.
Shortly after midnight local time last night North Korean state television reported that Kim Jong-un signed orders to put the nation's rockets on combat ready status.
A status the direct threat to the US in the wake of those B two bomber flights over the peninsula were clear the animated North Korean news -- -- of -- quote he finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the KPA.
The Korean army.
Ordering them to be on -- by the fire.
So that they may strike at any time the US mainland its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific including Hawaii and Guam.
And those in South Korea remember the US has.
More than 28000 troops on the Korean Peninsula they have bases that are vulnerable to rocket attack in artillery attack so.
The Koreans can't reach the US with.
A rocket or nuclear.
-- -- or rocket with a nuclear device on board.
It still has the Pentagon very concerned about the status of US forces in that area and so how seriously are they taking these threats inside the Pentagon.
Well they have to take them seriously they have seen the rhetoric in this kind of rhetoric in the past.
But they can't afford not to take it seriously in fact here's secretary of defense Chuck Hagel yesterday.
And the north Koreans.
Seem to be headed in a different direction.
-- we are unequivocally committed.
To that alliance with South Korea.
But remember the north Koreans while having made progress in their ballistic missile program still have not mastered the technology at delivering a nuclear device -- -- long range missile.
But they're making progress -- that what is what has the Pentagon -- -- the Pentagon says it has not seen any unusual movement of or pre positioning of those rockets they're watching very closely but they also know that the north Koreans in the past have -- They're sort of surprises.
Two American holidays in two holidays in general.
That to look at July 4 holiday in particular and of course they're looking at Easter weekend.
And pentagon will be watching very closely the movements in the -- a good reminder that context for us considering all the threats and we've heard in the past and what they've done as well.
I can story we'll continue to watch Jennifer thank you.
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