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article imageNorth Korea threatens US with 'pre-emptive' nuclear strike

By Robert Myles     Mar 7, 2013 in World
As the United Nations meets to consider further sanctions against North Korea, Pyongyang has once again upped the ante, this time threatening the United States with a 'pre-emptive' nuclear attack.
Just a couple of days ago a North Korean general was threatening to scrap the 60 year old ceasefire between the two parts of the partitioned Korean peninsula. The Pyongyang regime hasn't yet done that but with their latest threat they have well and truly exhausted their armoury, at least so far as threats are concerned.
The United States and their allies South Korea have had joint military exercises scheduled for months. These exercises are due to last until April but according to Reuters, an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said Pyongyang would be entitled to take military action as of March 11. At that stage, the joint U.S.- South Korea military exercises move into full scale mode.
According to Russia Today, a spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency said said, "Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to a preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest."
In defiance of UN resolutions, North Korea conducted a third nuclear test on February 12, hailing the test as a success in its aim of developing a viable nuclear arsenal. Notwithstanding the North's bluster, the chances of Pyongyang having a reliable missile capable of reaching the United States west coast are widely considered to be non-existent.
Although North Korea may lack the delivery systems and nuclear weapons to pose a realistic threat to continental United States, it could, conceivably, threaten South Korea and American troops stationed there. The Guardian reports that North Korea is believed to have sufficient fissile materials to produce a few crude nuclear devices with the potential to cause extensive damage in the economically advanced South of the Korean peninsula.
The current round of talks at the United Nations Security Council stems directly from North Korea's defiant February nuclear test. The UN Security Council is widely expected to impose a fourth round of sanctions against the Pyongyang regime when the Council votes on a draft Resolution expected to receive the unanimous support of all 15 UN Security Council members.
What makes this resolution significant is that it was drafted not just by the United Sates, but also by China, Pyongyang's oldest and long suffering ally. It is beginning to look like the February nuclear test, as far as China is concerned, was the last straw from its 'noisy neighbour.'
North Korea's latest threat of a nuclear strike against a country with which China now has a massive economic and trading relationship is hardly likely to win Pyongyang many friends in Beijing.
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