U.S. slams North Korea threats, warns ready for "any contingency"

WASHINGTON Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:10pm EDT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) talks with generals as soldiers of the Korean People's Army (KPA) take part in the landing and anti-landing drills of KPA Large Combined Units 324 and 287 and KPA Navy Combined Unit 597, in the eastern sector of the front and the east coastal area on March 25, 2013 in this picture released by the North's KCNA news agency in Pyongyang March 26, 2013. REUTERS/KCNA (

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) talks with generals as soldiers of the Korean People's Army (KPA) take part in the landing and anti-landing drills of KPA Large Combined Units 324 and 287 and KPA Navy Combined Unit 597, in the eastern sector of the front and the east coastal area on March 25, 2013 in this picture released by the North's KCNA news agency in Pyongyang March 26, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday condemned North Korea's threats to target U.S. military bases, saying the United States was ready to respond to "any contingency."

"We're concerned about any threat raised by the North Koreans," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.

"They need to stop threatening peace on the peninsula, that doesn't help anyone ... and we stand ready to respond to any contingency."

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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