No changes in North Korea's military posture seen

The Obama administration said on Monday that no changes in North Korea's military posture have been recorded despite its ongoing rhetoric.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the U.S. has detected no military mobilization or repositioning of forces from North Korea to back up threats made by Kim Jong Un, the Washington Post reports.

The U.S., however, has continued to publicize recent military moves that include deploying bombers and F-22 stealth fighters in South Korea as part of a two-month-long military exercise.

In addition to aircraft, a Japan-based U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer with the ability to shoot down ballistic missiles has been deployed close to the Korean peninsula. The new position, though, is within the ship's usual operating area.

Pyongyang has not let the increased show of force go unnoticed, reacting angrily to the military drills and a round of U.N. and U.S. sanctions that followed North Korea's Feb. 12 underground nuclear test, according to the Washington Post.

Carney said that the response to North Korea has been "prudent" but that North Korea's stance is part of a familiar pattern. The threats, however, are being taken "very seriously" but the rhetoric "is consistent with past behavior," the Washington Post reports.

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