Saturday 18 November 2017

North Korea threatens US with nuclear strike

David Blair

North Korea threatened to launch a "pre-emptive" nuclear strike on America as the United Nations imposed more sanctions on the Stalinist country.

The foreign ministry in Pyongyang issued a statement saying: "As long as the United States is willing to spark nuclear war, our forces will exercise their right to a pre-emptive nuclear strike."

North Korea demonstrated its possession of a small arsenal of nuclear bombs by testing one device last month. However, the isolated country probably does not have a nuclear warhead capable of being delivered by a missile. Nor does North Korea currently deploy a weapon with a range long enough to reach the US, though one is under development.

The regime of Kim Jong Un, pictured, has become steadily more belligerent this year. Diplomats believe this reflects the country's increasing isolation. North Korea's nuclear test – the third since 2006 – was widely condemned, including by China.

UN Resolution 2094 adds two new North Korean entities and the names of three senior officials to a UN blacklist. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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