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North Korea Threatens US Again, Says Nuclear War May Break Out Anytime

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| October 17 , 2017 , 15:51 IST

North Korea has once again warned the US against its “hostile activities”, saying a nuclear war may break out anytime if Washington does not stop provocation against Pyongyang.

North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong in a UNdisarmament committee meeting on Monday said the entire US mainland was in the “firing range” of the communist regime and any attempt by Washington to “invade our sacred territory” would be met by a severe punishment.

Warning other countries against their participation in military actions, the North Korean ambassador said, “As long as one does not take part in the US military actions against the DPRK (North Korea), we have no intention of using nuclear weapons against any other country.”

The relations between Pyongyang and Washington dipped to the lowest after US President Donald Trump took charge of office in January this year and North Korea conducted several nuclear tests threatening the US and its allies in the region.

Trump has on several occasions said a military action is on cards if North Korea does not stop its provocative activities in the Korean Peninsula.

The UN envoy said his country was the only state threatened by “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the US.

He also accused the US government of plotting to assassinate “our supreme leader”.

“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiation table under any circumstance,” the envoy said.

North Korea this year tested two intermediate-range ballistic missiles, having a maximum range of 4,500 km, which puts the US military bases on the island of Guam into range, as well as much of South-East Asia.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson however said on Sunday that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis would continue “until the first bomb drops”.

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His comment came despite Trump's tweets several weeks ago that his chief envoy was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea.

The UN has put several sanctions against the communist nation after it conducted the ICBM tests and developed nuclear weapons against the UN Security Council resolution. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said his country was curtailing economic, scientific and other ties with North Korea in line with UN sanctions, and the European Union announced new sanctions on Pyongyang.