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North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, is seen in what was described as an “operation meeting” where he “examine[d] and ratifie[d]” plans for a “firepower strike.”
In response to perceived threats against the city from the North Korean government, officials in Austin have said they are willing to do whatever federal officials feel may be necessary to protect civilians.
Several images recently appeared in the Rodong Sinmun
, the North Korean newspaper run by the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and the most read paper in the nation, under the headline, "Kim Jong Un Convenes Operation Meeting, Finally Examines and Ratifies Plan for Firepower Strike."
Many have been on heightened alert after the North Korean newspaper published
the photos on March 29 on the English version of their website.
"After receiving a report from [Lt.] General Kim Rak Gyom on the technical conditions of the strategic strike means of the KPA, he made an important decision," the accompanying article noted. "He said he has judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation."
The report added, "If they make a reckless provocation with huge strategic forces, the KPA should mercilessly strike the U.S. mainland, their stronghold, their military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in south Korea, he said."