North Korea upped the ante in its vitriolic rhetoric today, threatening to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the US and other “aggressors,” just hours ahead of the United Nations Security Council’s expected vote to implement harsh new sanctions against the regime.
According to North Korea’s state news agency, a foreign ministry official warned that “Now that the US is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, (our) revolutionary armed forces… will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors,” writes Agence France-Presse. The official also said that a second Korean war is “unavoidable.”
North Korea’s latest threat comes amid growing international concern – including that of longtime ally China – over the country’s continued nuclear testing, its third such test occuring last month. In response, the US and China negotiated a tightening of sanctions against the regime, which is expected to pass later today at the UN Security Council.
Full article: North Korea threatens ‘preemptive nuclear attack’ on US as UN readies new sanctions (+video) (Christian Science Monitor)