North Korea on Friday issued a new threat to attack the US, reacting to a show of force by two US B-2 stealth bombers that dropped inert munitions onto a South Korean training ground not far from the North Korean border, dpa reported.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered that strategic missiles be placed in readiness, according to the state media in the communist country.
The targets are the US mainland as well as military bases in Hawaii, Guam and other areas of the Pacific as well as South Korea.
The US bombers participated in a "long-duration, round-trip training mission" from their US base to South Korea Thursday, the US military in Seoul said.
The nuclear-capable bombers dropped "inert munitions" on a South Korean training ground, in a mission to demonstrate the US commitment and capability "to defend the Republic of Korea and to provide extended deterrence to our allies in the Asia-Pacific region," it said.
Relations with Pyongyang have deteriorated since North Korea's third nuclear test in February and the strengthening of international sanctions against it.