North Korea warns of ‘super-mighty preemptive strike’ that will leave US in ashes

After U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Washington will pressure North Korea to stop advancing its nuclear program, Pyongyang sent another threat to America. North Korea warned America of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” that will leave the U.S. in ashes.

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North Korean state media warned America of a “super-mighty preemptive strike,” advising Washington not to mess with Pyongyang, shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the U.S. is examining various options to pressure North Korea to stop advancing its nuclear program.

“If our super-mighty preemptive strike is launched, it will not only destroy the American imperialists who invaded South Korea but also America itself will turn into ashes,” read the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling Workers' Party. The isolated dictatorship has threatened on numerous occasions to destroy Japan, South Korea and the U.S. and Pyongyang’s failed missile test earlier this week has not reduced the country’s aggressive tone.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“We’re reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held,” Tillerson told reporters on Wednesday in Washington. Earlier this week, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said that the “era of patience” with North Korea has come to an end.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and South Korea conducted a joint air force exercise at a base in the South Korean city of Gunsan. 1,500 pilots participated in the drills. The official purpose of the exercise was to the improve the military coordination between the countries but in light of the increasing tensions between the allies and North Korea, the exercise was most likely also meant to be a clear show of force to Pyongyang.

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