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North Korea threatens preemptive nuclear strike against United States

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The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on a new round of sanctions against North Korea in response to its third nuclear test last month.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice says the sanctions will make it much harder for North Korea to pursue its nuclear program.

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Pyongyang Thursday in support of North Korea's stance against the United States and South Korea.

Kim Jong Un's regime threatened the United States with a preemptive nuclear strike, saying Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the isolated country. At a Senate hearing, lawmakers responded to the threat.

The United States drafted the security council resolution along with China, North Korea's closest ally.
It targets the money and banks used to supply North Korea with missiles and other weapons.

The success of the sanctions could depend on China, which supplies North Korea with most of its food and fuel.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops continue to conduct military drills in South Korea, something that has angered the north so much it has threatened to scrap the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War.

Most experts do not think North Korea is capable of launching a nuclear missile on the United States at this time.


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