North Korea threatens 'super-mighty' strike on U.S.

Cheryl Sanders
April 21, 2017

"It's important that North Korea know we are not trying to pick a fight, so don't try to give us one", Haley told reporters.

The 15-member council said in the statement that the April 15 missile launch, even if it ended in failure, is a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The U.N. Security Council has issued a strongly worded condemnation of the latest North Korean missile launch after the US agreed to Russia's request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang in the text.

Russian Federation wanted to include language contained in a previous statement stressing the need to achieve a solution through dialogue, according to council diplomats.

20 de abril de 2017, 16:47Pyongyang, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People " s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has warned Washington that it is ready to repel any "super-mighty preemptive strike" by the United States, according to Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

William Perry, who served as USA defence secretary from 1994 to 1997 and negotiated with North Korea, said he did not believe Pyongyang was planning a surprise attack, despite the fiery rhetoric.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006.

Council diplomats, speaking anonymously because discussions were private, said the USA, which is in charge of drafting council statements and resolutions on North Korea, had dropped the call for "dialogue" as part of its effort to toughen the text.

"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes", it said.

Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Guterres said countries "on the frontline" of the crisis - China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Russia - must spare no effort to prevent a military buildup from Pyongyang.

The U.S. and South Korea are now engaged in joint Air Force exercises, which North Korea believes to be invasion prep.

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