North Korea criticizes US missile defense deployment in Hawaii

North Korea on Monday slammed the US for positioning missile defense systems around Hawaii, calling the deployment part of a plot to attack the Pyongyang regime and threatening to bolster its nuclear arsenal in retaliation. "Through the US forces' clamorous movements, it has been brought to light that the US attempt to launch a preemptive strike on our republic has become a brutal fact," North Korea's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary. The newspaper also accused the US of deploying nuclear-powered aircraft and atomic-armed submarines in waters near the Korean peninsula, and claimed the moves prove "the US preemptive nuclear war" on North Korea is imminent. The North will bolster its nuclear arsenal in self-defense, said the official Korean Central News Agency.