North Korea ratchets up its anti-U.S. rhetoric - WNCT

North Korea ratchets up its anti-U.S. rhetoric

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North Korea is threatening to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War. North Korea says it is fighting back against UN sanctions that have hit the rogue nation as punishment for its nuclear weapons tests.

At the UN on Tuesday, diplomats from the U.S. and North Korea's most powerful ally, China agreed to take the sanctions to the next level.

Here in Washington, lawmakers are weighing additional steps the US government can take to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program.

At a House hearing Tuesday morning, lawmakers examined how criminal activity such drug trafficking and counterfeiting helps North Korea fund its weapons program.

While North Korea has isolated itself from the world, its new leader, Kim Jong Un hosted former NBA star Dennis Rodman last week.

The White House dismissed the visit as a publicity stunt.

Rodman says the North Korean dictator wants President Obama to call him.

North Korea and the US are still technically at war because the 1953 agreement is a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

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