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N. Korea threatens preemptive nuclear strike before U.N. vote

By Bloomberg News

This article was published March 7, 2013 at 6:34 a.m.

North Korea threatened to launch a preemptive nuclear strike on its “aggressors,” including the U.S., ahead of a United Nations vote on tougher sanctions against the totalitarian state for last month’s atomic test.

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,” according to a Foreign Ministry statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. It warned the U.N. “not to make another big blunder.”

Kim Jong Un’s regime has increased its threatening rhetoric since the U.S. and China hammered out an accord that the U.N. Security Council will vote on as soon as Thursday to impose tougher sanctions. While the nuclear test last month was bigger than previous ones, North Korea has yet to demonstrate the ability to put a nuclear device on a ballistic missile.

“This kind of threat of greater counter-measures is classic North Korean style to amplify fear to delay or avoid the sanctions,” Cho Bong Hyun, a Seoul-based research fellow at the IBK Economic Research Institute said. “Stronger sanctions on North Korea are largely accepted by the international community so this statement is unlikely to have any effect on the vote.”

North Korea has made other nuclear threats in the past, saying last month it could “target” the U.S. with an atomic test. Kim, who inherited his position upon his late father Kim Jong Il’s death in December 2011, has worked to secure his legitimacy by preserving a military-first policy while seeking to boost an impoverished economy.

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Jackabbott says... March 7, 2013 at 8:10 a.m.

While I guess the freak Dennis Rodman got something done. While, Bush let China handle the neogiatons with these idiots, Obama and Hilary managed in four years to accomplish nothing too. So that is over 12 years of little to no progress in this situation, meanwhile Obama is working hard on his NCAA brackets, Hilary a book deal or something, and Bush, who knows-perhaps sobering up again.

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T6 says... March 7, 2013 at 8:26 a.m.

Bush has taken up painting. Well at least he's not spending anymore of our money. Wish Obama would stay on the golf course instead of spending trillions.

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MTGraham2MTGA says... March 7, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

With China and Russia now in agreement it is time to take action over this regime and bring it to an end. While the country has no resources or strategic advantage, thus of little interest to the United States, a threat against us should be met with equal and opposite force. The truth is that most of North Korean citizens are starving and have little resources. This is a country living in the past that should realize its way of doing things is not working and it is time to move on. Its time to take this regime down and end this farce once and for all.

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JessePinkman says... March 7, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.

Hurry, send Dennis Rodman back and attach him to one of the missiles!

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NONSHEEPLE says... March 7, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.

agrees with Redwing

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Coralie says... March 7, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.

Isn't Dennis Rodman the guy who threw all the temper tantrums?
That is probably the bond between him and Kim Jong Un.

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Coralie says... March 7, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.

T6 says "Obama spending trillions"
For another perspective try this link (close space) tinyurl. com/77n6ayx

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JessePinkman says... March 7, 2013 at 12:05 p.m.

Yes Coralie he was just over there last week and he said, these are exact words, "he wants Obama to call him". He said Kim Jung liked basketball just like Obama and thought they really should talk. Rodman is a few bricks short

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gunny55 says... March 7, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.

Maybe Kim Jong Un likes to wear dresses like Rodman. Could they be bootie buddies?
I do wish the U.S. would send someone to North Korea who knows how to cut hair. They are in dire need of a decent barber.

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lazybar says... March 7, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.

coralie,are you that blind?how can you not see we have had 20 yrs of no leadship in the whitehouse?everything bush did that obozo promised to undue if elected is worse.on paper the war with iraq is over but we have more solders abroad,gas prices soaring,in a moment we could be at war with north korea or syria,all while he has a tee time at one somewhere in hawaii

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