N Korea threatens US with nuclear strike

2013-03-07 15:00

Seoul - North Korea threatened a "pre-emptive" nuclear strike against the United States and any other aggressors on Thursday as the UN Security Council prepared to vote on new sanctions against the isolated state.

A foreign ministry spokesperson also warned that a second Korean war was "unavoidable," with both the United States and South Korea refusing Pyongyang's demands to cancel a large-scale joint military exercise next week.

"Now that the US is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, [our] revolutionary armed forces... will exercise the right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors," the spokesperson said in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

In the past, the North has threatened attacks on US forces in South Korea and also claims to possess long-range missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

The latest threat came two days after the North Korean military announced it would rip up the 1953 armistice agreement ending the Korean War - a move that would theoretically pave the way for a resumption of hostilities.

Tensions have escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula in recent days, ahead of the UN Security Council vote and the annual US-South Korean military exercise scheduled to begin on Monday.

The Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution tightening the UN sanctions screws on North Korea after its widely condemned nuclear bomb test last month.

Amounting to one of the toughest sanctions regimes ever ordered by the United Nations, the resolution also threatens "further significant measures" if the North stages a new nuclear test or rocket launch.

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-03-07 15:08

    The US has more... The Exalted Unicorn of North-Korea must try his luck...

      jurgen.eksteen - 2013-03-07 15:38

      Unfortunately, if this happens and the US is dragged into war there, Israel might capitalise on the situation and start bombing Iranian nuclear facilities. This in turn will prompt USA and allied forces to come to Israel's aid and in turn will drag Russia and China into it as well. China will undoubtedly be involved in the North-Korean conflict too. Hence world war 3 ... so start emptying super market shelves people and dig in people!

      S'busiso Madela - 2013-03-07 16:53

      Thats true. The whole world could be affected by this.

      Buzzbar - 2013-03-07 17:26

      I foresee N Korea being bombed back into the stone age. Hang on, except for a few streets in the capital, they ARE still in the stone age....

      jack.russel.14268769 - 2013-03-07 17:57

      its inevitable girls and boys. The world is going to crap and there's nothing we'll do about it.

      Kerzner Kops - 2013-03-07 18:16

      It's not that easy-peasy for the US to take up arms on this one. Look at it this way - to wage a war you need serious money to fund the war. Currently the Obama admistration has passed budget cuts of $487-billions over 10yrs (approx. $48-billion per annum). This is as a result of the US being deep in debt. Now that's somewhat crippling to the Pentagon. Obama said he's changing priorities with this budget cut - is that the superpower US of yester year? I don't think so. Yes, someone may say but the US has NATO forces to back them up. Right there, let's see... NATO is made up, by and large, of the North America's and European countries. So additional to the US's financial woes you've got the financial pandemonium of the Eurozone. I see an alliance that doesn't have war as their priority but survival of their economies as their priority. So the only saving grace here would be if China, currently having monied deep pockets, decides to join forces with the US since China doesn't have a courteous view of N.Korea's nuclear ambitions. That's the only way out here folks.

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-03-08 08:17

      They could try but practically impossible.

  • Gary5 - 2013-03-07 15:11

    Go in America,pull all your troops, ships and planes from the silly deserts and mount a full scale offensive against these idiots and then we can merge it with south kora and have a peacefull safe continent.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-07 17:03

      Who is "we"?

      dylan.sciarappa - 2013-03-07 19:17

      There is oil in that desert. Why else do you think the us is there?

      douglas.hollis.7 - 2013-03-07 21:00

      The free world, perhaps?

      TheJaydedKing - 2013-03-08 06:09

      I think you are all missing the point. North Korea could be vicariously operated by China.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-08 07:45

      . Brainwashed communist fidel,, "who is 'we' " ?? Most certainly NOT YOU !!!

  • Hans Kruger - 2013-03-07 15:14


  • themba.mazibuko.7587 - 2013-03-07 15:17

    WTF North Korea ?

  • Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 15:25

    This could get very one sided.

  • David Van Schalkwyk - 2013-03-07 15:30

    All talk no action... N.Korea don't have the balls to attack the US or any other country for that matter. They know that there Little nuclear bombs are no match for what the US has. If they already had the technology to end WW2 with bigger Nuclear arms what makes you think they have not developed bigger badder ones by now. Very short very bloody war this one will be....

      dylan.sciarappa - 2013-03-07 19:18

      It's called leverage for negotiations

      henk63 - 2013-03-07 19:27

      N Korea will loose a nuclear war, but the rest of the world will also loose. It's unthinkable. Why are the N Koreans so crazy? Remember, they won the Korean War and they are tenacious fighters, and a ground offensive will make Iraq look like a walk in the park. The whole world is run by crazies bent on destroying everything. Maybe all the nuclear countries should phone each other, then agree on a countdown and press all their red buttons at once. Maybe the world could do with a reset.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 19:42

      Actually they were losing the Korean War untill the Chinese bailed them out. They still failed in their objective of conquering the South though.

  • Stanley Mabunda - 2013-03-07 15:40

    north korea is fighting hard to write its obirtuary

  • Omnivore - 2013-03-07 15:44

    Do it. I dare you.

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-03-07 15:55

    While u sit in your zuma style bunker you are prepared to have your country demolished.

  • louis.fourie.562 - 2013-03-07 15:58

    This the. Biggest conflict in.history ,China will either side with the north or hit both and stake claim to the region. The.US.would win the war for sure the north doesnt.have the power to sustain a war with the US and also the us has a countermeasure for ballistic missiles aka patriotic missile defensive system wich was designed to counter.nuclear ballistic missiles...... And it's very true that the us has more deadly nukes ..they have MIRVS. Capable of carrying up to 6 warheads and deploying them on.different targets from one ballistic missile.......

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-08 08:33

      China will side with the North, both are supporting Communism.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-08 09:02

      Hardly, they just imposed sanctions on them.

  • Granny - 2013-03-07 16:53

    I dont care whos got what, it sounds very scary to me.

  • Keegan Moodley - 2013-03-07 17:00

    When you can't win the battles in your own backyard,shout for the americans. War causes more problems and people shouldn't resort to it.

  • Clive Toerien - 2013-03-07 17:03

    its time to waste N. Korea

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-07 17:21

    Turn them to Powder North Korea.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 17:27

      Highly unlikely, but good to know that you desire the deaths of 350 million people.

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-07 17:58

      Why gettin personal,this is about war n N.Korea does nt fear any1 on e surface of earth,simple msg they sending. By saying threatens US w nuclear strike they mean they will wipe S.Korea 1st,then other bases within e region.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 18:02

      And now you have added the people of South Korea to those you want dead. The problem with your theory is that the US is far stronger than North Korea so any attack would quickly result in the end if them.

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-07 18:05

      And China won't let US ride N.korea for free

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 18:14

      Not necessarily, they have been putting pressure on them recently.

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-07 18:21

      So we wait n see coz u seem to knw much about china than e Chinese

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 18:24

      Huh? Please speak English.

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-07 18:46

      Oh so u really chinese,u couldn't read that

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 19:08

      Not even an English professor could have figured out that drivel.

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-03-07 17:28

    That is just about the stupidest thing I've read all year. The US will remove that island from the planet and easily. Its like the country wants to commit suicide?

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 17:37

      Your point is good, however North Korea is a peninsula not an island.

      Michael de Villiers - 2013-03-07 21:36

      At this rate, South Korea might become an island.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-08 08:42

      Attacking North Korea won't be a walk in the park. America will win but it will be a very costly war, hundred times worst than the Afgan and Iraq wars. With 1.2 million people under arms, the North Korean military is "a very credible conventional force," the U.S. general in charge of defending against that force said. "They have the largest submarine force, the largest special operating force and the largest artillery in the world," Army Gen. Leon LaPorte, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said. He noted that North Korea has 120,000 special operations forces. American officials are also concerned about North Korea's weapons of mass destruction, including potential use of its 800 missiles of various ranges. "The missiles themselves are a significant asymmetrical threat," LaPorte said. "But if that was combined with a nuclear capability, now you have a capability that not only threatens the peninsula but threatens the entire region."

  • Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-07 18:16

    I wish there was a secret force that could just shoot and eliminite governments that go full retard. How many Korean civilians would want this. Sure WW3 will be a blast.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-08 08:43

      At least we in Africa will be safe. No one wants to bomb Africa!

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-08 08:57

      With the US drone programme moving to Africa and the US objective of establishing a full functioning military base in my continent(AFRICOM), I wouldn't be so sure.

  • Just me - 2013-03-07 18:24

    In light of all of it, if ww3 breaks out, can you imagine the hardship and tirany that is going to follow?

  • truthbetold221 - 2013-03-07 19:48

    How can anyone ever ever ever speak so lightly of war? Let's not even gtalk about nuclear...

  • Michael Moolman - 2013-03-07 20:16

    Oh boy! Here we go...Is it so difficult for these North Korean fellows to keep their egos reigned in. Their petulant, sabre rattling tone is so passe. I really hope sanity, reason and good judgment prevail, and most important of all , the oil price is not to badly effected.

  • Dave Kofang - 2013-03-07 21:18

    Its so sad how USA has caused instability in the korean peninsula.Koreans are one people whether north or south.They came close to reunification until US escalated the tension few years ago.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 21:32

      The North invaded the South in the 50's in an effort to turn the whole of Korea into the repressive famine stricken mess the North is. The North makes periodic threats to go to war with the South again.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-07 21:39

      Nonsense again from Avremel. The North is a famine stricken mess because it has been prevented from participating in international trade (same as Cuba). Look at China, which had roughly the same level of development and destruction as the North after WW11, a similar political ideology, but the western powers couldn't afford to shut her out because of her limitless market. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeatedly talk nonsense about it!

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 21:57

      Once again Fidel resorts to childish insults whenever someone insults his pet dictators. The reasons why their economy is a disaster are far more complex yet in your zeal to blame the West for everything you ignore these factors. There is no real internal trade in the country, it is mostly based on a system of government distribution, thus the common people have no involvement in the economy and as a result there is nothing upon which to build a stable economy. Another result of this system is that there is no real currency as there is nothing being bought and sold. The fact that 25% of the budget is spent on weaponry does not help either. The disastrous reverse comparative policy has all but destroyed their food security. The repeated failures to pay their debts to overseas lending institutions have also made it well nigh impossible to secure credit. Furthermore they maintain ties with the second largest economy in the world: China whom they neighbor. Your attempt to simplify the massive failures of the system is extremely poor.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-07 22:23

      "The reasons why their economy is a disaster are far more complex yet in your zeal to blame the West for everything you ignore these factors." Far more complex indeed than your reducing them to their form of governance. Which countries, besides Japan in 1800s have developed their economies through self sufficiency, without contact with the outside world and trade. All countries develop through interaction with one another, through the sharing of resources and technology. The significant reasons for the failure of the North's economic model is its barring from intl trade, and this is inspite of its political systems as the China example demonstrates. Contrast this with the South's rapid development from the 1950s to 1970s whilst also under authoritarian governments. An economic growth and industrial transformation that would not have been possible had it not been for the United States and Japanese willingness to grant South Korea access to financial aid, technology, and markets on especially generous terms. The South got total of $6 billion in U.S. economic grants and loans, 1946-1978. See Jung-en Woo (Meredith Woo-Cumings), Race to the Swift: State and Finance in Korean Industrialisation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991),pgs 45.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 22:32

      Once again you ignore the facts, firstly, they have extensive ties with China and previously with the Soviet Union. They are hardly completely cut off. Secondly, it is impossible to have an economy when you have virtually no internal trade, external trade will always be subsidiary to this. Thirdly, there is the eternal problem for communist systems: incentive. This forms the basis of all economic activity and without it you can have no real industry, other than the oft resorted to forced variety.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-07 22:54

      China is only now starting to be an economic force that is able to offer patronage to other countries. The Soviets and the Koreans have always had a tumultuous relationship. My point is that, the North' social development failures cannot be attributed only to its political ideology, especially since I have shown you that a country's development is not solely determined by its political systems, e.g. South Korea between the 1950s to 1970s!

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 23:02

      At the end if the day, as I said it is a combination of factors, internal and external. However, the internal factors are probably more decisive as without an internal economy you can hardly have an external one.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-07 23:12

      A combination of factors indeed. Well then you're at least displaying some sentient thought.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-07 23:17

      As you were the one who initially tried to limit it to only one factor, whereas I showed the multitude of factors, I appreciate your coming around to my view. Ps there is no need for the endless snide comments.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-08 07:52

      brainwashed communist fidel, ""The North is a famine stricken mess because it has been prevented from participating in international trade (same as Cuba)."" Cuba, prevented from international trade???? Unbelievable, the claptrap you can come up with!!!!!

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-08 08:40

      @Anthony Cuba, prevented from international trade???? Unbelievable, the claptrap you can come up with!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Why do people like you, who patently know nothing of what is going on, so willingly embarrass themselves on a world-wide public forum!

  • trotse.boer.5 - 2013-03-07 22:05

    Fidel you do talk utter rubbish!, the North is this way because of extreme communism. everyone is poor except for the elites (just like the anc). Many nations were in the same position as north Korea namely Germany. .... where are they today? EXACTLY! history shows us that anything is possible when you have an open society for the people and not for the elites.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-07 23:09

      It's called the "Marshall Plan", billions dollars worth of loans under the most favourable terms, coupled with being a frontline state. Same as with South Korea with its dictatorship nothwistanding! Where is China today with her extreme communism!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-08 08:47

      "Where is China today with her extreme communism!" - Without basic human rights. - Driving fake, bad rip- offs of famous cars - talking on fake blackberries - stealing technology because they don't know how to research themselves.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-08 08:53

      That is a meaningless non sequitar! Must try much harder....

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2013-03-08 08:59

    news24 been removing my comments i c :) scared of the truth i c

  • Steaan Visser - 2013-03-08 12:21

    North Korea Please!!! You are like a puppy trying to piss with the Big Dogs... and you will fail!!

  • Lestine Stevens - 2013-03-08 13:25

    They just demonstrated the FIRST PRINCIPAL of Nuclear Weapon - deterent or pacifier, the very reason why these weapons should not be attainable by any country more so an unstable country. THis will give Isreal even more reason to strike Iran as they wil be faced with such a threat.

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