Kim Jong-un has warned he will launch a nuclear attack on the US mainland
The threat came as a US Navy strike group, headed by a nuclear powered-aircraft, steamed towards the western Pacific.
Tension on the divided Korean peninsula has escalate sharply in the wake of last week’s Syrian air strike, which was seen as a message for dictator Kim Jong-un as much as for Bashar al-Assad.
Today a propaganda newspaper in North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang upped the ante further with a saber-rattling editorial.
They said: “Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the US invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the US mainland.
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We never beg for peace but we will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs
North Korea state newspaper
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“We never beg for peace but we will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms and keep to the road chosen by ourselves.”
Another newspaper added: “The present US administration would be well advised to give up the plan for a preemptive attack from which the predecessors sustained failures.
“The US standoff with the DPRK will only push the former deep into destruction.”
North Korea has been acting increasing volatile in recent months in the run-up to the five year anniversary of despot Kim taking power following the death of his father Kim Jong-il.
Tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula
Saturday will also mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung, the country's founding father and grandfather of current ruler, Kim Jong Un.
A military parade is expected in the North's capital, Pyongyang, to mark the day. North Korea often also marks important anniversaries with tests of its nuclear or missile capabilities in breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
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South Korean acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn warned of "greater provocations" by North Korea and ordered the military to intensify monitoring and to ensure close communication with the United States.
Hwang said: “It is possible the North may wage greater provocations such as a nuclear test timed with various anniversaries including the Supreme People's Assembly.”