"The U.S. is trying to act as the emperor of the world" by dominating the Asia-Pacific region," North Korea said in its latest anti-American rhetoric.
In a commentary published on Monday, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) accused the United States of trying to create crisis and maintain tension on the Korean Peninsula in an attempt to keep the Asia-Pacific region under its control.
The United States' new Strategic Defense Policy came under North Korea's criticism, saying that it is aimed to strengthen its military invasion and engagement in the region by fostering tension on the peninsula.
Unveiling a new strategic guidance early this month, U.S. President Barack Obama had called for a leaner but more efficient military with a greater emphasis in Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
According to North Korea, the American focus on Asia-Pacific region is also aimed at applying military pressure on China, the growing military power in the region, in order to maintain its global hegemony.
Pyongyang dismissed Washington's concerns over threats from its nuclear program as "exaggerated." On the other side, U.S. military adventurism in the Asia-Pacific poses a serious threat to peace and stability in the region, says the KCNA commentary.
South Korea, one of the staunch U.S. allies in Asia, is hosting a key American defense base - under a mutual defense treaty they signed during the 1950-1953 Korean War, in which America fought alongside the South.
U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), a command of 28,500 U.S. troops, is maintained combat-ready under the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC).
Alerted by the sinking of a South Korean warship and the killing of two of its soldiers and two civilians by North Korea in separate attacks in 2010, South Korea and the United States have been sending strong signals to Pyongyang by conducting joint military maneuvers.
Under a standing contingency plan, if North Korea attacks the South, the U.S. is supposed to dispatch nearly 700,000 troops across all branches of the service, along with about 160 destroyers and 2,000 airplanes from their bases in the U.S., Japan and Guam.
by RTT Staff Writer
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