North Korea threatened the United States with all-out nuclear war on Monday, warning the US of an attack at “any moment” as the US and South Korea conduct massive naval exercises surrounding the Korean peninsula, reports Bloomberg.
North Korean officials issued the stark threat while addressing the United Nations, saying the communist nation has become a “full-fledged” nuclear power capable of striking the east coast of the United States.
“As long as one does not take part in the U.S. military actions against the DPRK, we have no intention to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any other country,” said Kim In Ryong, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the UN.
“The entire U.S. mainland is within our firing range and if the U.S. dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe,” added the official.
Earlier this week, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un refused direct talks with the United States over his continued nuclear and missile programs.
Pyongyang outright rejected the possible negotiations, saying “before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States.”