on Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:06 am#37157
(CNN) -- With the U.N. Security Council set to vote on a resolution to strengthen sanctions on North Korea, Pyongyang unleashed its latest bout of fiery rhetoric, this time threatening its enemies with the possibility of a "preemptive nuclear attack."
Despite the strong language, analysts have said North Korea is still years away from having the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile and aim it accurately at a target.
The bellicose statement, carried by the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency, comes during a week of high tension on the Korean Peninsula as military drills are taking place on either side of the heavily armed border that divides the two Koreas.
The combination of looming sanctions and joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea has worked the isolated regime in Pyongyang into a frenzy of bombastic threats.
On Tuesday, the North said it planned to scrap the armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 and warned it could carry out strikes against the United States and South Korea.
Thursday, a spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry suggested the United States "is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war."
As a result, North Korea "will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country," the statement said.
Analysts say North Korea is unlikely to seek a direct military conflict with the United States, preferring instead to try to gain traction through threats and the build up of its military deterrent.
South Korea had responded to Pyongyang's earlier saber-rattling with an unusually tough statement Wednesday, warning it would retaliate "strongly and sternly" against North's military command and forces if the "lives and safety of South Koreans" came under threat.
The menacing language from North Korea fits in with the array of bellicose statements it has made previously -- it has declared the cease-fire to be irrelevant before.
But it comes amid increased concern over Pyongyang's dogged efforts to advance its nuclear and missile technology after a recent long-range rocket launch and underground atomic blast.
on Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:07 am#37158
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on Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:12 am#37159
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on Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:31 am#37160
- OtisSupreme Overlord
- Location : Texas
they wont nuke us because it would result in the destruction of their "country". for starters, we have a nationwide defense net that will track and destroy any ICBMs. then we retaliate.
the average height of a north korean is 5'4". an army of midgets. we could pick them up and throw them through whatever object we please.
on Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:51 am#37161
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on Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:17 pm#37195
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