U.S. Arms Buildup Denounced by North Korea

August 30, 2004

Excerpted from the Korean Central News Agency, August 22. Minor editorial corrections made by the AINS.

The U.S. imperialists are massively introducing their latest weapons and military equipment into south Korea while readjusting their military strategy against the DPRK...

The U.S. is planning to spend 11 billion more dollars to bolster its forces in south Korea...and has already introduced into south Korea all types of high performance weapons and the latest military equipment.

It intends to deploy two Aegis destroyers equipped with ultra-modern missile systems in the East Sea of Korea on a permanent basis, and two battalions of "PAC-3" and three squadrons of F-117 Stealth fighter bombers of the U.S. Air Force this year. It has also already completed the development of new types of missiles capable of destroying underground facilities, and plans to supply them to its forces in South Korea.

What also merits serious attention is that the U.S. Navy is planning to deploy the latest nuclear aircraft carrier, the John Stenis, in the waters off the Korean peninsula.