The head of the U.S. Pacific Command has asked troops to be thoroughly prepared for possible North Korea provocations during an upcoming anniversary. Adm. Harry Harris told U.S. military personnel at Yokota Air Base in Japan on Friday that they should be “ready to fight [North Korea] tonight,” Japanese television network Asahi TV reported.

Harris made the remark during an inaugural ceremony for Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, who is now in command of U.S. Forces Japan. Harris, who recently met with Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada regarding enhanced cooperation, described North Korea’s provocative actions, including missile and nuclear tests, as the most urgent threat, according to Asahi TV. READ MORE