North Korea accused the U.S. military of making provocative moves along the tense border on the divided Korean peninsula, warning Saturday of ”unpredictable military conflicts.”
The rare threat came as North Korea was apparently gearing up to test-fire a long-range missile believed capable of reaching U.S. territory. Pyongyang has also stepped up its war of rhetoric against the South over Seoul’s tough stance toward its communist neighbor.
North Korea’s military said U.S. troops advanced as close as 100 feet (30 meters) from the Military Demarcation Line in the western border and took pictures of a North Korean military post last month. It also said more than 60 U.S. patrols approached to within 330 feet (100 meters) of the boundary this year.
The U.S. provocations ”at a time when the North-South relations are inching close to the brink of a war may touch off unpredictable military conflicts,” the North’s military said in a message sent to the South, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
”If the U.S. forces keep behaving arrogantly … the (North’s military) will take a resolute counteraction.” It did not elaborate.