Thursday, April 20, 2017

North Korean Crisis -- News Updates April 20, 2017

Reuters: North Korea warns of 'super-mighty preemptive strike' as U.S. plans next move

North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme.

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words.

"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes," it said.

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North Korean Crisis -- News Updates April 20, 2017

North Korea: Our 'super-mighty' preemptive strike will reduce America's military to ashes -- Politico
N. Korea threatens to ‘reduce US to ashes’ with ‘super-mighty pre-emptive strike’ -- RT
North Korea says 'don't mess with us' as US plans next move -- CNBC/Reuters
Volleyball games appear to take place at North Korean nuclear test site -- The Guardian
China ‘backed’ lashing of North Korea at UN -- The Australian
China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue -- CNN
Russia Blocks Security Council Statement on North Korea -- VOA
Russia vetoes UN statement on North Korea's missile tests -- CNN
Russia blocks U.N. statement condemning North Korea despite Chinese support -- CBS/AP
Moscow rejects MSM reports on ‘Russia blocking’ UNSC condemnation of N. Korea missile test -- RT
US tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one -- FOX News/AP
Tensions with North Korea still simmering despite diplomacy talk -- CBS
How North Korea gets its money -- Georeen Tanner, FOX News
Have North Korea's missile tests paid off? -- BBC
The Case For A Decapitating Strike Against North Korea's Kim -- Loren Thompson, Forbes
Here’s just how risky it is to fight North Korea -- Jim Michaels, USA TODAY

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