North Korea warns US of nuclear attack
Spokesman says military has been authorised to counter US aggression with “powerful practical military counteraction”.
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2013 22:53
North Korea has in recent weeks stepped up its rhetoric threatening an attack against the US [Reuters]
|The North Korean army has warned Washington that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear” weapons.
The threat from the unnamed army spokesman early on Thursday is latest in a series of escalating warnings from North Korea, which has railed for weeks against joint US and South Korean military exercises taking place in South Korea and has expressed anger over tightened sanctions for a February nuclear test.
The spokesman said in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency that troops have been authorised to counter US aggression with “powerful practical military counteractions”.
The warning came after the Pentagon said it will deploy a missile defence system to the US Pacific territory of Guam to strengthen the region’s protections against a possible attack.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday labelled North Korea’s recent rhetoric as a real, clear danger and threat to the US and its Asia-Pacific allies.
He added that the US is doing all it can to defuse the situation.