PYONGYANG, North Korea (CNN) # Pyongyang has ratcheted up tensions on the Korean peninsula another notch with threats to quit the armistice which ended the Korean War.
Accusing the United States of violating the 1953 agreement, North Korea’s army says it will “immediately take all steps to cope with it” .
“If the U.S. side continues violating and misusing the armistice agreement as it pleases, there will be no need for the DPRK (North Korea) to remain bound to the AA (armistice) uncomfortably,” an army spokesman was quoted as saying in the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
“The armistice agreement that was signed to provide a peaceful solution to the Korean issue has been systematically ditched by the U.S. and used for the purpose of its hostile policy toward the DPRK,” the statement said.
The North accuses the United States of bolstering its forces by putting “aircraft carriers and strategic bombers in and around the Korean Peninsula in violation” of the armistice.
Such moves were part of Washington’s plan for “preemptive attacks” on North Korea # a situation “getting more serious as the days go.”