29 Mar '13, 3am

Hagel: B-2s not intended to provoke North Korea

Hagel: B-2s not intended to provoke North Korea

Related N. Korea orders rocket prep after US B-2 drill; mass rally in Pyongyang South Koreans continue work at complex despite North's recent threats WASHINGTON -- America's unprecedented decision to send nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers to drop dummy munitions during military drills with South Korea this week was part of normal exercises and not intended to provoke a reaction from North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Hagel acknowledged, however, that North Korea's belligerent tones and actions in recent weeks have ratcheted up the danger in the region, "and we have to understand that reality." Speaking to Pentagon reporters, both Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the B-2 bombers were a message intended more for allies than Pyongyang. "The North Koreans have to understand that what they're doing is very dange...

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