North Korea threatens nuclear attack; U.N. imposes sanctions

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WASHINGTON — The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed tougher sanctions against North Korea Thursday targeting the secretive nation’s nuclear program hours after Pyongyang threatened a possible “preemptive nuclear attack.”

“These sanctions will bite, and bite hard,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said after the vote.

China, North Korea’s key ally, could have used its veto power to block the sanctions. Instead, after weeks of negotiating, it signed on to the final draft.

“China is a country of principle,” China’s U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said. “We are firmly committed to safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”

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Courtesy Yonhap/Los Angeles Times

Leading up to the vote, Pyongyang ratcheted up its bellicose rhetoric.

A spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry suggested the United States “is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war.”

As a result, 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,” the country said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

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  • Bootlegger59

    That short fat little chipmunk sure must be brushing his teeth with gunpowder these days, because he's sure shooting off his little mouth, a whole lot. He better be careful, because there may not be a north korea in the future.

  • Thinker

    Watch the VICE video on YouTube and then maybe you will be. It’s an entire nation of people commited to die for their “great leader” and those are the scariest to fight against. They have a standing army of 2 million at the DMZ alone and death doesn’t faze them. Their outlook on the world is completely different than ours.