North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike On U.S. After U.N. Approves New Sanctions

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike On U.S. After U.N. Approves New SanctionsAn unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said North Korea will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.

‘Engulfed in a sea of fire’

At a mass rally in Pyongyang on Thursday, Army Gen. Kang Pyo Yong told the crowd that North Korea is ready to fire long-range nuclear-armed missiles at Washington.

“Intercontinental ballistic missiles and various other missiles, which have already set their striking targets, are now armed with lighter, smaller and diversified nuclear warheads and are placed on a standby status,” Kang said. “When we shell (the missiles), Washington, which is the stronghold of evils, …. will be engulfed in a sea of fire.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing that the U.S. is fully capable of defending itself after a North Korean missile attack.  U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice reacted to the warnings Thursday, saying North Korea will “achieve nothing” with threats.

‘Fourth round of sanctions’

The U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang in a fresh attempt to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The new sanctions are aimed at making it more difficult for North Korea to finance and obtain material for its weapons programs.

North Korean threats have become more common as tensions have escalated following a rocket launch by Pyongyang in December and its third nuclear test on Feb. 12. Both acts defied three Security Council resolutions that bar North Korea from testing or using nuclear or ballistic missile technology and from importing or exporting material for these programs.

Do you think North Korea will carry out its threat of nuclear strike on the U.S.? Should the U.S. vote for more sanctions for NoKor?

Source: Fox News

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North Korea To Target U.S. With Nuke Tests

North Korea To Target U.S. With Nuke TestsNorth Korea said Thursday that it plans to carry out a new nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches, all of which it said are a part of a new phase of confrontation with the United States. The North’s National Defense Commission said the moves would feed into an “upcoming all-out action” that would target the United States, “the sworn enemy of the Korean people.”

‘International pressure’

Carried by the state media, the comments are the latest defiant flourish from the reclusive North Korean regime, whose young leader, Kim Jong Un, has upheld his father’s policy of pursuing a military deterrent and shrugging off international pressure.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday there are no “outward indications” that North Korea is about to conduct a nuclear test, but he admitted it would be hard to determine that in advance.

North Korea’s statement followed a U.N. Security Council resolution submitted by the United States and approved Tuesday that condemned a recent rocket launch by the North and expanded existing sanctions. Pyongyang’s threatening statement “should have been the expected outcome” from the U.N. decision, said Daniel Pinkston, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group covering Northeast Asia. In addition to Panetta’s statement, the United States added sanctions against more North Korean bank officials and a business linked to the regime’s nuclear weapons program.

‘Hostile policy’

North Korea, which often issues bellicose statements in its state media, said Thursday that it rejects all Security Council resolutions concerning it, describing the most recent resolution as “the most dangerous phase of the hostile policy” toward it.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei urged North Korea and the West to “keep calm, remain cautious and refrain from any action that might escalate the situation in the region.”

Do you think North Korea will really target the U.S. during its next nuclear test? What should the U.N. do about this threat?

Source:  K.J. Kwon and Jethro Mullen, CNN

Image: The Times