North Korea issued a stunning warning to the United States and its allies: If a single bullet is fired, we will nuke the United States.
The announcement came while the U.S. and South Korea are in the middle of war games in the region – events that have always rankled the totalitarian state, The Daily Star is reporting.
Amongst the drills being carried out are scenarios where the North is invaded and it’s leadership is “decapitated, the paper reported.
Newly installed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that North Korea’s nuclear program presents an “imminent” threat to the country that must be dealt with.
In a statement, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said: “The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the US and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK.”
North Korea sparked international fury by firing up a nuclear weapons factory and launching four missiles into the Sea of Japan.
Most recently, the hereditary dictatorship conducted a test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that is said to be a “revolutionary breakthrough” and is capable of sending nuclear weapons to U.S. soil.
US Navy SEAL Team 6 is also being deployed near North Korea as part of the war exercises Foal Eagle and Key Resolve.
Kim’s nuclear bomb test site is also nearly ready for a new blast, according to satellite images shared by Pyongyang watchdog 38 North.
Tensions have reached an all-time high with North Korea as Kim Jong-un’s diplomat warned of an “actual war” while speaking at the UN.
There are tens of thousands of U.S. troops deployed in South Korea to help defend the country from an aggressive move from the north.
Since Kim Jong-un took power in 2011, North Korea has launched 46 ballistic missiles, including 24 last year, in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, according to South Korean officials.