North Korea has threatened to launch merciless military strikes against the US after its failed attempt to launch a missile at the weekend. This was disclosed by North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador, Kim In Ryong, at a press event organized by the United Nations in New York on Monday, April 17, UK Guardian reports.
Ryong said: “It has created a dangerous situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and poses a serious threat to world peace and security.
“The US is disturbing the global peace and stability and insisting on the gangster-like logic that its invasion of a sovereign state is decisive, and just, and proportionate and contributes to defending the international order in its bid to apply it to the Korean Peninsula as well.
"My country is ready to react to any mode of war from the United States. Any missile or nuclear strike by the United States would be responded to in kind. Their maneuvers show the US reckless moves for invading the DPRK (North Korea) have reached a serious phase.
“We would hold the United States accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.”
Ryong’s statement comes on the heels of US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Koreas and warned Pyongyang that "the era of strategic patience is over."
After 25 years of trying to deal patiently with North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions, Pence said, "all options are on the table" to deal with threat.
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North Korea has accelerated its nuclear and missile tests in recent years, despite international condemnation and UN sanctions.
Its aim is to be able to put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach targets around the world, including the US.