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DPRK threatens to exercise right to preemptive nuclear strikes for self-defense


17:58, March 07, 2013

PYONGYANG, March 7 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will exercise the right to preemptive nuclear strikes to defend itself, if the United States ignites a nuclear war, the official KCNA news agency reported on Thursday, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

"Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest," the spokesman said in a statement.

Moreover, if the United Nations Security Council adopts a resolution to impose new sanctions on the DPRK, the country will move up the previously announced corresponding countermeasures in response, he said.

March 11 marks the start of the annual joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises, which will involve 10,000 South Korean and 3,500 U.S. troops. The drill, dubbed Key Resolve, was denounced by the KCNA as a prelude to an invasion.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote later this week on a resolution designed to punish the DPRK for its third nuclear test since October 2006.

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