N Korea ready to launch preemptive nuclear strike against US if threatened

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016. Filed under: Asian News
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system like the one shown in photo when Lockheed Martin officially rolled out the missile-interceptor battery in Camden, Arkansas, will be sent to protect bases on Guam, a U.S. territory some 3,380 kilometers (2,100 miles) southeast of North Korea and home to 6,000 American military personnel. (Photo: Lockheed Martin) .

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system like the one shown in photo when Lockheed Martin officially rolled out the missile-interceptor battery in Camden, Arkansas, will be sent to protect bases on Guam, a U.S. territory some 3,380 kilometers (2,100 miles) southeast of North Korea and home to 6,000 American military personnel. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)
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MOSCOW  (PNA/Sputnik) – According to media reports, North Korean authorities would carry out a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States if Washington mobilizes its nuclear forces against the country.

The North Korean authorities would carry out a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States if Washington mobilizes its nuclear forces against the country, media reported on Monday citing a top Pyongyang official.

“The US has nuclear weapons off our coast, targeting our country, our capital and our Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un. We will not step back as long as there’s a nuclear threat to us from the United States,” Lee Yong Pil, director of the Foreign Ministry’s Institute for American Studies said in an interview with NBC News. “A preemptive nuclear strike is not something the U.S. has a monopoly on. If we see that the U.S. would do it to us, we would do it first.”

He added that North Korea could conduct “a sixth, a seventh or an eighth” nuclear test. Such policy is prompted by “the increasingly aggressive” joint drills carried out by Washington and Seoul in the Korean peninsula, the top official continued.

Lee Yong Pil warned that neither sanctions by the United Nations nor pressure coming from the international community along with Washington would prevent Pyongyang from building its nuclear capacity.

“We have to have nuclear weapons to protect our country, and it’s our policy to go nuclear,” he added.

North Korea has been under pressure from the international community since a nuclear test and the launch of a long-range rocket early this year.

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