North Korea Warns Of 'Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike' Against United States

With Donald Trump in power since January, North Korea has returned to its tactic of missile provocations, while Washington has urged for China's help to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table, although it has not ruled out the possibility of military action.

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

While previous statements have warned of further measures, the agreed text made specific mention of sanctions, signalling a tougher stance from the council.

Russian Federation wanted to include language contained in a previous resolution stressing the need to achieve a solution through dialogue, council diplomats said. The latest draft statement dropped "through dialogue" and Russian Federation requested it be included again.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stressed that the burden is on North Korea to prevent an escalation.

Reclusive North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and has shown no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles at a parade in Pyongyang.

"When we demanded to restore this "agreed wording", which is of great political importance, and expressed our readiness to continue working with the authors of the draft, the United States delegation scaled down the work on the document without explanation of reasons and said that Russia had blocked a statement for the press", according to a statement of the Russian Federation's permanent mission which was obtained by TASS.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Trump administration was considering putting North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, from which the Pyongyang regime was removed in 2008.

North Korean state-run media has claimed that the country will launch a "super-mighty preemptive strike" against the United States following statements by members of President Donald Trump's administration that the USA intends to increase pressure on the Hermit Kingdom, Reuters reported Thursday.

  • Elsie Buchanan