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North Korea says don't mess with us as USA plans next move

North Korea says don't mess with us as USA plans next move North Korea says don't mess with us as USA plans next move
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 07:05

Meanwhile, one official told CNN that the U.S. is now not anticipating any pre-emptive military action against North Korea, but the standard policy to deal with a threatening strike remains in place. That program has also been in existence for over a decade, but only about half the tests have been successful, according to the Defense Department.

The programme is being developed along with Japan and aims to shoot down North Korean missiles that pose a threat to the US.

The other test, due to be held at the end of May, will be aimed at shooting down a future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could threaten the USA mainland, the defence officials said.

"We are evaluating all of those options", he said.

The official was adamant that the United States is now not anticipating pre-emptive military action against North Korea.

"North Korea openly states that its ballistic missiles are meant to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the Unites States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan". Standard policy - which calls for shooting down of a North Korean missile after launch if the trajectory is deemed to threaten South Korea, Japan or the U.S. - remains in place.

Such statements by the 15-member council have to be agreed by consensus.

Vice President Mike Pence visited South Korea this week, pledging solidarity with Seoul and warning North Korea that "the era of strategic patience is over". It was now heading for the Western Pacific as ordered, it said.

Last August, Pyongyang also successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile 500 kilometres towards Japan, far exceeding any previous sub-launched tests, in what North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed as the "greatest success".

China's influential Global Times newspaper, which is published by the People's Daily, the Communist Party's official paper, wondered whether the confusion was deliberate.

North Korea did not refer to the mix-up but said the United States and its allies "should not mess with us".

"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes", it said.